Piers Morgan has lashed out at a BBC presenter who used the term “snowpeople” instead of his favoured word, “snowmen.”
The Good Morning Britain host went on a tirade on Monday (November 5) against 20-year-old Catie Munnings, who told viewers of her CBeebies show Catie’s Amazing Machines that “snow is amazing. You get to build snowpeople and go sledging.”
Morgan told his audience: “You don’t build snowpeople, you see, you build snowmen, we’ve been building snowmen for 10,000 years.
“We, part of mankind, humans, build snowmen,” he continued, ignoring co-presenter Susanna Reid’s attempted interjection, before talking directly to Munnings.
“Catie, you seem a lovely lady, whoever you are. You’re 20 years old, you present CBeebies,” he added, staring at a piece of paper on his desk.
“They’re not snowpeople, they’re snowmen. Or as somebody put it here, one of the parents, ‘politically correct garbage.'”
The ITV host has voiced his anger at the concept of gender-neutral snowpeople before, tweeting sarcastically last year: “Right, I’m off to build a non-binary gender fluid snowperson. ❄️❄️”
Munnings’ use of the term sparked anger from those who, like the parent mentioned by Morgan, thought there was something wrong with using a gender-neutral term for snow creations.
Ricky Gervais got in on the indignation, writing on Twitter: “I can’t wait for it to snow so I can build a snowperson. With a huge carrot for his cock.”
But others welcomed the switch, with one person tweeting: “I’ve always called them snowpeople. And the sort of people who have a problem with that, I’ve tended to call a**eholes.”
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Another said: “I do see why – firemen are now firefighters and so they should be.
“There’s no problem with changing our language to snowpeople. If we all did ‘snowmen’ would feel very antiquated.”
And one tweeter wrote: “Seen CBeebies have got crusty old f**ks complaining that they’ve said ‘Snowpeople’ instead of ‘Snowmen’ on kids TV.
“It’s frozen water that falls from the sky you 200 year old ration book tossers.”
Others simply thought the backlash and its scale was disproportionate to how important it was, especially compared to other issues currently plaguing the world.
One commenter replied to someone who wrote that the BBC had said “snowpeople to not offend the snowflakes,” by writing: “I dunno. Seems more like it could be ‘snowpeople to upset the snowflakes.’
“I’ve never seen so many middle aged men so incensed by losing ownership of gendered snow sculptures 😂😂😂.”
And another tweeter said: “To the people freaking out about CBBC calling snowmen snowpeople, spouting s**t like, ‘what is the world coming to?’ there are literal Nazis running around the place Sharon.
“Have some f***ing perspective.”