It’s hard to ignore Piers Morgan, love him or hate him, in the British media ecosystem.
Whether he’s making outrageous claims, transitioning from a Trump-fan to a Trump-critic, or being accused of bullying by others working in the TV industry, people always seem to be curious about what he has to say.
While no one should be talked about in a disparaging way by a middle-aged guy at 6 o’clock in the morning, some of Morgan’s targets did not let his controversial views go unchecked.
Here are just SOME of the women who had a comeback for Morgan.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain in 2018, Morgan said that Little Mix “using nudity to sell their albums” after the release of their music video Strip (in which the band appear naked with words like ‘ugly’, ‘talentless,’ and ‘slutty’ written on their skin).
Clearly unable to get the point of the entire video he said: “What is empowering about this? Get your kit off, airbrush yourself to within an inch of your lives… it’s nonsense. It’s just stripping off to sell records. It’s actually using sex and sexuality to sell records. That’s it. There’s nothing else to this.”
Later speaking on BBC Radio 1, Jesy Nelson addressed Morgan’s comments, saying that neither she nor her bandmates had found them surprising: “Of course not,” she said, “he’s a silly t***.”
Somewhat coincidentally Grande’s mother Joan Grande responded to Morgan’s continued criticisms of Little Mix: “Honestly what is wrong with you @piersmorgan ? Didn’t your mother ever teach you, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it!”
Of course, he could not miss the opportunity to respond criticising Little Mix again for nudity: “I'd just prefer they use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity. As your own daughter does...!” he said to Joan.
Enter Ariana with the last word: “I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because I choose to. Women can be sexual AND talented.” It is wild that even in 2018 that this still had to be spelt out for anyone...
Famous for starring in Thelma and Louise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sarandon did not escape the sexist wrath of Morgan after he called her “tacky” and “publicity-seeking” (Morgan would never do this), in response to an outfit she wore in 2016.
Sarandon had a simple response, posting with a photo of herself a bra from Rocky Horror, with the caption: “Today’s #TBT is dedicated to @piersmorgan.”
Today’s #TBT is dedicated to @piersmorgan. https://t.co/InU7d6qhC0
“Dear @EmmaWatson, you’re a very good actress & smart, impressive young lady. So cut the hypocrisy about feminism,” Morgan wrote on Twitter in 2017, referencing Watson’s previous thoughts on Beyonce’s potentially catering to the male gaze.
Dear @EmmaWatson, you're a very good actress & smart, impressive young lady. So cut the hypocrisy about feminism.… https://t.co/fQ8a7taJIq
Watson, however, immediately responded to Morgan’s criticism and posted the 2014 interview he had cited on Twitter, acknowledging that, yes, she sometimes felt “conflicted” about the “male voyeuristic” quality of some of Beyoncé’s videos.
This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold. https://t.co/Y8vumOeyDT
It showed that in that very same interview, Watson also said that she ultimately thought Beyoncé’s ownership of her sexuality was “empowering because it is her choice… You do get [a] sense of, ‘I can be a feminist, I can be an intellectual, I can be all these other things...’” Some much for nuance, huh Piers?
After Kardashian posted a naked mirror selfie, Morgan sarcastically offered to buy her some clothes.
“I know the old man’s $50 million in debt, Kim – but this is absurd,” Morgan tweeted. “Want me to buy you some clothes?”
hey @piersmorgan never offer to buy a married woman clothes. thats on some ashley madison type shit #forresearch
— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)
Kardashian replied: “hey @piersmorgan never offer to buy a married woman clothes. That’s some Ashley Madison type s**t.”
Teigen, known for her sometimes spicy Twitter feuds, also called out Morgan for his thoughts on Muhammadi Ali, saying Ali “said far more inflammatory/racist things about white people than Donald Trump ever has about Muslims”.
He added: “I hope people don’t make me sound too perfect when I die,” he added. “No coats of sugar please.”
John Legend, Teigen’s husband immediately jokingly responded: “You could test us by announcing your retirement?”
.@piersmorgan you could test us by announcing your retirement.
She responded by saying: “Lol, never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies and sexuality is actually just classic sexism.”