Whether he’s spouting ageist twaddle, body-shaming opinions, or laughably sexist arguments, Piers Morgan (otherwise known as one of the few people to be proud of a friendship with Donald Trump) has consistently proven himself to be anything but an ally for womankind.
So when he decided to accuse Ellen DeGeneres of sexism, his comments sparked a pretty heated debate on Twitter.
It all kicked off when DeGeneres wished singer Katy Perry a happy birthday.
“Happy birthday, @KatyPerry!” DeGeneres wrote on Twitter. Then, citing the lyrics of one of Perry’s songs, she added: “It’s time to bring out the big balloons!”
The message was accompanied by a photo of DeGeneres posing alongside her wife, Portia de Rossi, and the Roar singer.
However, the presenter’s eyes are fixed on Perry’s chest.
Morgan, spotting the tweet in his newsfeed, insisted that the photo represented a double standard.
“If a man made this joke, Ellen would lead the cries of ‘SEXIST PIG’,” he stated.
His comments have divided the internet, with some wading in to offer a similar critique.
“Ellen DeGeneres sexually harasses Katy Perry. Wonder how she interviews female employees? Hollywood = #Weinstein,” wrote one referencing the recent sexual misconduct scandal surrounding producer Harvey Weinstein.
Another wrote: “For Ellen’s next trick, she’ll explain to us all how objectifying women is a bad thing.”
And Atypical star Michael Rapaport added: “Imagine if Cam Newton or any other Man sent out this tweet & photo. If a DUDE said this the World would stop.”
However, while some agreed with Morgan’s sentiments, there were many out there who were quick to defend DeGeneres.
“Context is important,” pointed out one social media. “1) She's a comedian 2) I assume they are close friends. 3) Is Katy Perry offended by this? No? Don't worry about it."
Another added: “Uh… do you guys know this is one of Katy's song lyrics?”
And yet another stressed: “They are close friends and this is completely different.”
DeGeneres was previously praised when she dedicated the opening monologue of her chat show to denouncing the growing environment of sexual harassment in Hollywood.
“This is not a male thing or a female thing, it is not a Hollywood or political thing, this is a human thing and it happens in the workplace, it happens in families, it happens all over the world and we are all the same,” she said in a tearful and impassioned speech.
“We all want the same thing, we want respect, love and kindness. And if I could have those three things and an iPhone 10, I’d be happy.”
DeGeneres continued: “Part of the problem is that from a young age girls are taught to stay quiet and be nice and that boys are stronger and we are somehow less than. That is why it is hard for us to speak out, and even when we do speak out, people don’t believe us.
“But there is power in numbers… I want to say thank you to everyone for speaking out.”
She finished by saying: “It’s not like this is a new thing. It has been going on forever.
“But, thanks to being connected on social media, we can see it for what it is and that we are not alone.”
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