Piers Morgan has been accused by critics of “wasting police time” after he contacted London’s Metropolitan Police Service over a childish spat with a fellow TV star.
But the argument spilled over onto another day, with Piers taking offence to Jameela calling him “this thing”.
She wrote: “How do we send this thing back in a time machine to the era in which it belongs…?”
In response, an angry Piers tweeted: “‘This thing’. Wow. On every level that is a shameful mis-gendering. C.c. @metpoliceuk.”
While Piers later insisted it was a “joke”, Twitter users called him out for getting the police involved.
One said: “Wasting police time Piers? You should discuss this on the show next week.”
Another referred Piers to the Metropolitan Police’s own Twitter page, which states: “Please do not report crime here, call 101, tweet @MetCC or visit our website.”
A third said: “Did he really just tag the Met Police?? He has a short memory.”
Ahem. Just gonna leave this here. pic.twitter.com/oGx80VNZAm
— ellie lennie (@EllieLennie2491) March 22, 2019
Arrest him for wasting police time…
— FunkSoulBuddha (@Funksoulbuddha) March 22, 2019
“I think the police are a bit busy right now,” blasted another, while one more said: “Arrest him for wasting police time.”
The argument originally kicked off when Jameela took offence to a comment Piers made about gender fluidity – amid singer Sam Smith’s revelation that he didn’t identity as male or female.
In an interview during Jameela’s new I Weigh Interview series, while discussing what a ‘non-binary’ and ‘genderqueer’ identity meant to him, Sam had ‘come out’ as non-binary – something which Piers mocked during Good Morning Britain.
Tomorrow my interview with @samsmith launches. And it is one of the most extraordinary interviews I’ve seen a celebrity give. Especially for boys and NB, who feel like they have nowhere to turn in the Body Positive movement. This is for you. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/wMOnlBK1Cj
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) March 14, 2019
He said: “Sam Smith has announced he’s gender-fluid… He can’t work out if he’s male or female, whatever. He’s now identifying as non-binary.
“I’m now identifying as Sam Smith, so I can get his royalties. This works both ways. I just don’t get this… Sam Smith has millions of fans, what are they supposed to think? I can’t work out what I am?”
TV presenter and actress Jameela was incensed by his reaction to the story, and tweeted: “LOL. Of course England’s biggest [bleep] stain has something mean to say about it.”
She added: “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’.”
Piers promptly hit back, saying: “Appalling that you just assume I am identifying as male tonight.”
But Jameela replied in turn, tweeting: “You’re right, it is extraordinary I identify you as any kind of human being at all you giant pile of [bleep].”
The exchange then descended into more insults, with Piers complaining he’d been the victim of “vile disgusting foul-mouthed abuse” and claiming Jameela had “misgendered” him when she mockingly called him “hun”.
Don’t call me ‘hun’.
I identify as male, but ‘hun’ normally applies to a female (‘honey’) which means you are mockingly mis-gendering me & that’s now apparently a criminal offence in Britain. Unless you meant ‘hun’ as a derogatory term for Germans in which case you’re a racist. https://t.co/btpx5tor6k
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 21, 2019
Piers later clarified his thoughts, when he was called out by another Twitter user, who asked: “Why is @piersmorgan mocking Sam Smith for coming out as non-binary?”
He replied: “I just asked which gender category awards he/she/they (I don’t know what pronoun to use, sorry) will be entering going forward – male or female? Are we not entitled to ask given he/she/they now declares himself/herself/themself to be both?”
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