In warning about incursions from those who ascribe to the woke world view, ex-Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan provided more context about his departure from the show after he vehemently criticized Meghan Markle in the aftermath of the Oprah Winfrey interview.
“To be clear: I’m not a victim and I haven’t been cancelled. In fact, in many ways this has been one of the most exciting and affirmative periods of my life. But if our rights to free speech are denied, then democracy as we know it will die. It’s time to cancel the cancel culture before it kills our culture,” he concluded in a long essay for the Daily Mail.
On the air and in print, Morgan has been a persistent critic of Markle, the Suits actress and Deal or No Deal briefcase model who married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex. Things subsequently escalated to the next level when, as well documented, he stormed off the set after a heated exchange with weatherman Alex Beresford which made international headlines. Morgan now admits that he made a mistake by walking away from the discussion.
In the lengthy Daily Mail column that a reader can review to gain the full measure of this thoughts, Morgan showed no signs of backing away from his disdain for Markle, however, including questioning her various allegations about royal racism, her mental health challenges, and other “nuclear scandal bombs,” while noting that he takes mental health issue extremely seriously.
“I expected such disingenuous, self-serving wrecking-ball stuff from a social-climbing Hollywood actress like Ms. Markle, but for Harry to publicly shred his family and the Monarchy like this, while Prince Philip was seriously ill in hospital, is so out of character for a man who once bravely served his Queen and country in war. He can’t be happy doing this, surely?”
Morgan noted that the controversy gained a lot of traction on social media especially with the quick-to pounce woke cohort:
“Soon, the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy was trending on Twitter, an indication of just how damaging the Sussexes’ claims have been.
I was trending too, with people saying I was ‘racist’ and ‘mocking mental illness’ by disbelieving Meghan’s claims, and demanding I be fired…It didn’t matter that I’ve never said anything racist about her or that my only comments about her race have been to repeatedly say how great it was that a bi-racial woman married into the Royal Family.
“No, it appears that questioning Meghan’s fork-tongued ‘truth’ is now a racist hate crime…Sadly, this is where we’ve now arrived in society: the truth can be whatever someone decides it is, so Meghan Markle must be believed because it’s ‘her truth’. And if you don’t believe her, you’re a racist.”
Particularly in the context of the mental health component, Morgan claims that an ITV exec gave him an ultimatum to either apologize (using the British spelling) or exit the show immediately.
After thinking it over, Morgan chose the latter option.
Suddenly, I reached a moment of total gut clarity: f**k it, I wasn’t going to apologise for disbelieving Meghan Markle, because the truth is that I don’t believe Meghan Markle.
And in a free, democratic society, I should be allowed not to believe someone, and to say that I don’t believe them.
That, surely, is the very essence of freedom of speech?
If I said I now believed Meghan, I would be lying to the audience, the very thing I’ve accused her of doing.
And even if I did apologise, that wouldn’t be the end of it. The woke brigade would keep coming for me, demanding I apologise for everything else they find offensive – which of course, is absolutely everything.
As far as storming off the set, Morgan wrote that “I knew it wasn’t a good look, the great snowflake-basher running away from confrontation. And on reflection, I shouldn’t have done it. But in the heat of the moment, in my rather strained state of mind, this seemed the less worse option.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 9, 2021
A former Celebrity Apprentice winner (where he developed a personal relationship with Donald Trump) and an ultimately failed replacement for the Larry King on CNN (2011-2014), self-described liberal and gun-control-advocate Morgan is one of the relatively few media personalities on the left or the right in the U.K. who covered President Trump fairly.
The British presenter and journalist seemed to turn on Trump when the president challenged the results of Election 2020, however.
Despite his liberal bona fides (which some detractors claim includes COVID fear-mongering), Morgan has been outspoken foe of identity politics and an advocate for free speech, which is very evident from watching clips of Good Morning Britain on YouTube.
Astonishing reaction to this piece, thank you to everyone who has tweeted their praise. As for those who tweeted me to say they hated it & don’t believe a word I’ve said, that’s OK… we live in a democracy & freedom of speech means you don’t have to either like me or believe me. pic.twitter.com/eqhMrfntOk
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 28, 2021
Good Morning Britain ratings, which Morgan asserted were on fire, are likely to suffer after the polarizing Morgan’s departure, with the erosion of viewership from those who tuned in to specifically like or dislike him.
With the U.K. particularly about to launch two right-leaning news channels, Piers Morgan will likely find a new TV platform, if he wants one, in due course.
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