Another day, another rant from Piers Morgan, who has apparently taken on the mantle of Cisgender Arbiter of Gender Identity. On Monday, the British journalist again slammed Sam Smith for being gender non-binary.
Morgan’s latest whine stemmed from the reports that the Brit Awards producers are mulling over the idea of eliminating the awards show’s gendered categories by 2021 — and the speculation that Smith’s non-binary identity is inspiring the change.
Of course, the news didn’t sit well with Morgan, who has attacked non-cisgender gender identities time and again.
“I think it’s great that such time-honored awards should be just wrecked like this because one [person] can’t decide if [they’re] male or female,” the 54-year-old said on Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain. (Following PinkNews’ lead, we’re doing Morgan the favor of correcting the pronouns with which he referred to the Grammy winner.)
“The whole point of having the gender categories is to make it fair and equal,” Morgan continued. “Now we’re going the other way and not make it fair or equal, and that apparently is progress. … I think it’s a load of nonsense. The idea that you have to change entire award categories because one [person] decides one day to wake up and say I’m non-binary, it’s nonsense.”
(By the way, the Grammys did away with its gendered categories in 2012, and the MTV Video Music Awards did so in 2017. And this year, women dominated the VMAs, which strikes us as pretty fair.)
In case you missed it, Morgan also used the same soapbox to ding the “How Do You Sleep?” singer in March, as well.
“Sam Smith has announced [they’re] gender-fluid,” the bloke said at the time. “[They] can’t work out if [they’re] man or female. … I’m now identifying as Sam Smith, so I can get [their] royalties. … Sam Smith has millions of fans. What are they supposed to think?”
The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, to whom Smith talked about their identity in an Instagram video, promptly put Morgan in his place. “LOL. Of course England’s biggest sh*t stain has something mean to say about it,” she tweeted. “He thinks men who carry babies in a comfortable papoose where they can feel your body heat and pulse, aren’t ‘manly.’ This clown spews constant toxic ideas of ‘masculinity.’”
OK, thanks to Jamil, we’re back in our own Good Place.