Piers Morgan clashes with trans model fired for saying 'All white people are racist'

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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has clashed with trans model Munroe Bergdorf over a discussion of institutional racism.

Last week the British model, DJ and activist was dropped by L'Oreal following a controversial Facebook post.

The lengthy post, which has since been deleted, reportedly says, as per the Daily Mail:

Honestly I don't have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.

Because most of ya'll don't even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour.

Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***

Munroe has since claimed that the Mail took her words out of context as she was referring to the white supremacists that were at the centre of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month.

She addressed the Mail's report in another Facebook and clarified her stance, which you can read below.

The 29-year-old has also appeared on Channel 4 News to further clarified her views.

At the time, a L'Oreal spokesperson said:

L’Oréal supports diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion.

The L’Oréal Paris True Match campaign is a representation of these values and we are proud of the diversity of the Ambassadors who represent this campaign.

We believe that the recent comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with those values, and as such we have taken the decision to end the partnership with her.

L’Oréal remains committed to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers in beauty.

Her comments have won equal amounts of support and condemnation, but she once again found herself in a public argument on the issue.

When appearing on Good Morning Britain, the always outspoken Piers Morgan took exception to her stance.

Morgan said:

I guess as a straight, white male, I am enemy number one.

Who are you to make these comments? You are calling all straight, white men like me these awful things and it's very offensive.

He added:

I wanted you to come on this show and look me in the eye. You say we shouldn't be offended by your comments.

I want you to explain why we shouldn't be offended by what you said, that all white people are party to racial violence.

Munroe then turned the tables on Morgan criticising him for rearranging the debate as a personal on himself, while bringing up past comments he has made about women.

Some of [the] things you say are sexist.

Instead of taking it personally, why don't you think of being part of the solution? Sexism doesn't come from women, it's caused by men.

She continued:

Talking about racism isn't causing a divide. Society has placed all white people with a certain privilege.

That means if you are not dismantling racism or helping ,then you are part of the problem because that makes you complicit.

You need to actually actively work with people of colour to put diversity into place.

I don't regret my words, because I am an activist. I'm not going to say a bunch of things people will like.

Yes, I said all white people are racist, but that's because they all have access to white privileges. I'm not talking about literally every single white person.

As the segment concluded, Munroe urged viewers to ignore the words of Morgan, while he conceded that their relationship had gotten off on the wrong foot.

I think under different circumstances, Munroe, we'd get on just fine.

I think things have just got off to a bad start.

HT Digital Spy, Good Morning Britain, Daily Mail, Facebook

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