To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Piers Morgan is seriously struggling with Sam Smith’s non-binary identity
Nobody will be surprised to know that Piers Morgan is seriously struggling with Sam Smith coming out as non-binary.
On today’s Good Morning Britain, host Morgan said that the singer made the announcement because the “splurge in popularity” would help promote them as an artist.
As GMB‘s entertainment editor, Richard Arnold, introduced the topic, co-host Susanna Reid in seconds had to correct Piers’ pronoun usage.
Morgan quickly slammed Smith for once referring to themselves as a “man” in ‘Stay With Me’, a song Smith sang five years ago.
Smith came out as non-binary only six months ago.
As Morgan then spoke, Reid can be seen with strained expressions dotted by eye-rolls and taking deep breaths in.
Morgan, oblivious, carried on: “If 10% of the population decide they are not going to identify as male or female, where does that leave the demographic make up of this country going forward?
“It raises genuinely interesting questions. At the music awards are they all gonna have to be gender neutral because Sam Smith can’t decide which one to enter?”
Morgan goes onto state that Smith coming out as non-binary is part of what “young people” are doing to “feel different” while also implying that non-binary people are a “trend or a fad or a craze”.
“I’d love to interview Sam Smith and ask [them], 18 months ago you were equally emphatic that you were a gay man, what changed?
“Why suddenly are you, 18 months later on a new splurge of publicity which will not be unhelpful to [them] with [their] new album is out.
“Am I being to cynical to suggest that this might just be about getting publicity. I don’t know.”
Smith came out as non-binary and genderqueer six months ago.
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The Grammy Award-winner publicly came out as non-binary and genderqueer in an interview with Jameela Jamil’s Instagram Live show I Weigh Interviews.
“I’ve always had a little bit of a war going within my body and my mind,” Smith told The Good Place star.
Moreover around half a year on, Smith explained in an Instagram post that the decision to come out as non-binary and use ‘they/them’ as their preferred pronouns was a weighted one.
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Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤ after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you. P.s. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open. If you have questions and are wondering what this all means I’ll try my best to explain but I have also tagged below the human beings who are fighting the good fight everyday. These are activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community that have helped me and given me so much clarity and understanding. @tomglitter @munroebergdorf @transnormativity @alokvmenon @katemoross @glamrou @travisalabanza @twyrent @chellaman @jvn @lavernecox @stonewalluk @glaad @humanrightscampaign @mermaidsgender Love you all. I’m scared shitless, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x
“After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” Smith wrote in the impassioned caption that ended by listing a vibrant array of trans and non-binary advocates and organisations.
“I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f*** it!”
Consistently using the correct name and pronouns for trans people can reduce their rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts to almost the same levels as their cisgender counterparts.