It was recently announced that Janet Jackson had welcomed her first child – a baby boy, named Eissa – with her husband, Wissam Al Mana.
However, while the majority of people took to social media to congratulate the star, some busybodies took offence to the fact that she has become a first-time mum at the age of 50. And, naturally, seasoned misogynist Piers Morgan was among her critics.
Speaking about Jackson’s ‘advanced’ maternal age on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Morgan made his feelings on the matter very clear.
“You think it’s a good thing for women to become mums at 50?” he asked co-host Susanna Reid, before pointing out that the Grammy winner would be 70 when her son turns 20. You know, just in case viewers at home – and possibly Jackson herself – had been unable to complete this complex mathematical problem without his assistance.
However, while Morgan’s misogynistic opinions usually go unchecked, Reid was unwilling to put up with this particularly obnoxious display of age-shaming.
“I think why not, actually?” she replied, before adding: “I wouldn’t rule it [having a baby at 50] out.”
Bolstering her argument further, Reid made a point of asking Morgan how old he had been when he had welcomed his daughter.
“I was 46 – but I’m a man.”
Unsurprisingly, Reid was unimpressed by that flimsy excuse, and responded: “What, sorry? And that makes a difference how?”
Morgan replied: “I don’t know why, but, in a funny way, seeing an old man at the school gates… well, no one seems to mind.
“When women are 70, they’re like, ‘Why has granny come?’”
It’s good to see he’s put so much thought into his argument, isn’t it?
Viewers flocked to Twitter to praise Reid for putting Morgan in his place, with one writing: “Well said, Susanna, and congratulations to Janet Jackson.”
Another added: “Great comeback from Susanna Reid to Piers Morgan regarding ages of parents.”
“The gobs**te has an opinion on everything,” fumed another. “Can’t stand the bloke – he should keep his opinion to himself.”
One crowed: “No one will be looking at Janet Jackson on the school run – she looks about 20 years younger than Piers Morgan!”
Our favourite response, however, was this sage reminder.
“Her body, her choice.”
It’s not the first time that Morgan has launched an ageist attack on women in the public eye; just a few weeks ago, he slammed Madonna for her performance on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke.
“I loved Madonna when she acted her age,” he scoffed from his seat on Good Morning Britain, before adding: “You can’t be 58 and just prancing about. I want her to just put it away.
The 51-year-old – in a grossly immature act – then proceeded to pretend to vomit into a bucket during the live televised broadcast.
However Madonna isn’t just the highest-grossing female artist of all time, she’s also a total badass who refuses to be subjected to sexist, ageist, and misogynist views.
And, at the Billboard 2016 Awards, she decided to face them head on.
The Vogue hitmaker began her speech by taking to the podium and saying: “I stand before you as a doormat... oh, I mean, as a female entertainer.”
She continued: “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse. I was, of course, inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules — if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl.”
Madonna went on to point out that she had been compared to Satan, adding that “everything I read about myself was damning… I was called a whore and a witch.”
She finished by offering some advice to women everywhere.
“We have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth,” said Madonna, to cheers from the audience.
“Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by.”
It’s time that Morgan joined the rest of the 21st century, and stops attempting to pigeonhole women into sexist categories based on their age. We’re sick of his mansplaining.