It was to be expected that the UK’s most toxic troll, Piers Morgan, would use the Manchester Arena terror attack to “perpetuate a cycle of hate” on national television.
“At some point there has to be a more concerted effort by the Muslim community to root out these people whose brains have been completely warped into thinking that this is the way they should be behaving,” he announced on Good Morning Britain the day after the attack, much to the dismay of viewers.
Morgan, however, soon found his irresponsible comments shut down by Coronation Street actors Sally Dynevor and Connie Hyde, who were appearing on the show for an interview.
“That comment is [not] helping the families affected today,” said Hyde. “This is anger, and we should not think like that.”
Morgan was momentarily taken aback by the interruption, but he quickly recovered himself.
“I think anger is the right emotion,” he persisted. “I do.”
And that’s when Dynevor stepped in to shut down Morgan completely.
“We cannot do that,” the actor said firmly. “This was just one individual. It’s very rare and we cannot allow this to stop us.
“We have to carry on.”
Seeing that a blustering Morgan looked ready to have his say once again, Dynevor – who plays Sally Webster in ITV’s Corrie – continued: “I woke up this morning and couldn’t believe it.
“But we have to think of all the wonderful things people did last night. The way that people were coming out to help one another was amazing.”
Dynevor stressed: “Love has to come through, not hate.
“We have to remember all the good things people are doing and not concentrate on hate.”
Dynevor’s comments went down a storm on Twitter, with countless GMB viewers taking to their social media accounts to thank the actor for putting a stop to Morgan’s hate-fuelled rant.
22 people, including children, were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on 22 May.
At the time of writing, 59 people were being treated for injuries from the blast, which has been dubbed “the most deadly attack in Britain in a decade” – the worst since the deaths of 56 people in the 7/7 London bombings of 2005.
The attacker, whom was killed in the blast, has since been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
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