Piers Morgan is known for criticizing women, and pop sensations Little Mix have had enough.
The girls kicked off their European LM5 tour in Madrid on Monday and the show was full of female empowerment. But it was the second act when the girls called out Piers that has fans talking.
Before performing the first live performance of their song “Wasabi”, the group played a clip of an episode of Good Morning Britain from last November in which Piers demands the girls apologize to him. Piers says,
“I think you need to make a public apology. If you’ve got the balls, come on the program and say it to my face.”
Jesy then repeats the words, “come and say it to my face” as the song starts.
What exactly do the girls have to apologize for? For defending themselves after Piers attacked them for no reason.
In November, Little Mix released the video for their song “Strip” and a part of the video shows the girls naked with words that have been used to insult them over the years like “ugly”, “fat”, and “slut” covering their bodies.
The video also featured women of all shapes and sizes loving themselves unconditionally, flaws and all. But, Piers didn’t see it that way.
“If men stripped off like that we’d be arrested but women do it and it’s ’empowering’. They’re stripping off to sell albums, let’s just call it what it is. It’s not about feminist empowerment. It’s about ‘let’s all get naked, everyone will run the pictures, we’ll sell more records.’ That’s it.”
He then continued his rant on Twitter and wrote,
“Here’s a great idea, girls – if you want to really empower yourselves, get naked and put the word slut all over your body.”
Band member, Jesy Nelson called Piers “a silly twat” on BBC Radio 1, which further infuriated Piers and caused him to call for a public apology.
Of course, Piers saw the viral video of the tour and his response?
“Fabulous! No surprise that @LittleMix are using me to make their tour a success. Thanks, ladies.”
The girls of Little Mix are certainly not the only women that Piers has attempted to slut-shame. He notoriously went after Ariana Grande, which she was not having. She tweeted,
“I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because I choose to. Women can be sexual AND talented. Naked and dignified. It’s OUR choice. We will keep fighting til people understand. I say this with all due respect but thank u, next.”
In a separate tweet, she added,
“Also @piersmorgan, I look forward to the day you realize there are other ways to go about making yourself relevant than to criticize young, beautiful, successful women for everything they do,” she continued. “I think that’ll be a beautiful thing for you and your career or what’s left of it.”
“I know the old man’s $50 million in debt, Kim – but this is absurd. Want me to buy you some clothes?”
A year later, he went after model Emily Ratajkowksi after she filmed a video shoot for Love magazine’s advent calendar. Piers seriously took time out of his day to grab screenshots of the video and said,
“This is Emily Ratajkowski ‘promoting feminism’. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited.”
Emily took to Twitter and told Piers indirectly that her video had nothing to do with feminism.
“But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies and sexuality is actually just classic sexism, I can have opinions about feminism and also do sexy photo shoots.”
Unfortunately, no matter how many women tell him to mind his own business and that women have the right to wear and do whatever they want, Piers doesn’t seem to get the hint. What is it about the female body that bothers him so much? Is it the fact that every woman he’s attacked loves themselves and posts pictures of their bodies because they want to and not for male satisfaction?
Regardless of Piers’ thought process, his opinions are tired, regressive, and have no place in 2019.
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Feature photo: Little Mix / Instagram
Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.