The Latest Celebrity News & Showbiz Gossip
Tuesday 4th August 2020

'White Lives Matter' banner sparks 'frightening' debate on GMB

Piers Morgan felt 'disheartened' by the reaction

Good Morning Britain debated the controversial 'White Lives Banner' banner today (June 23).

A private plane bearing the slogan flew over the Etihad Stadium during Burnley FC's match against Manchester City yesterday.

It happened just moments after Premier League players took the knee in honour of the Black Lives Matter movement.

GMB debated the controversial 'White Lives Matter' banner (Credit: ITV)

White Lives Matter sparks 'frightening' debate

The discussion on GMB sparked "frightening" comments from viewers on Twitter afterwards.

One viewer tweeted: "Listen this is simple. If we allowed BLM to peacefully protest with banners EVERYWHERE, then what crime has this banner caused?

Read more: Piers Morgan slammed over Reading terror attack comments on GMB: 'Shame on you!'

"Peaceful protest from the sky. We cant condemn this and not BLM. Your biggest issue is giving it all this media attention."

Another added: "We have seen enough placards, graffiti, banners displaying blm, but we can't have white lives matter, all lives matter."

The White Lives matter banner was flown above the Etihad Stadium (Credit: ITV)

Moments later, a third wrote: "Whoever flew that banner is a hero."

Those reading the reaction on Twitter were disturbed by some of the comments.

"It’s frightening how many people are either too thick, too ignorant or simply unwilling to understand the point that everyone who has condemned the banner is trying to make," one explained. 

Read more: GMB viewers appalled as guest uses the 'N word' twice

A second viewer added: "You can not continue with this stupid thread of 'white lives matter too'. It's not about that ffs it's about racism and supporting the black experience.

"Equal rights doesn't mean you have less rights... it's not pie."

The discussion prompted a huge reaction in Twitter (Credit: ITV)

Piers Morgan 'disheartened'

Reading some of the comments live on GMB, Piers Morgan admitted he was finding it "very disheartening".

He said: "We're getting so much reaction to this and a lot of it sadly is of the same kind of theme

Read more: GMB star Susanna Reid joining Celebrity Gogglebox with Rob Rinder?

"The Black Lives Matter movement says very simply that most black people do not have lives as easy as non-black people because they are discriminated against in all ways of life in society.

Piers Morgan was disheartened by the reaction (Credit: ITV)

"It's about ending racism in all its guises."

Piers then added: "We had a powerful moment on this show with Andi Peters, who runs all of our competitions.

Read more: Kate Garraway shares update on husband Derek

"When I asked him how you can have this big public push for diversity with Bafta for years and then all the nominations end up white, he said 'Well piers, look around our studio – you won't have noticed but I am the only black person here.'

"It was a powerful moment for me because I hadn't noticed and he had. I felt that."

Good Morning Britain is on ITV, weekdays at 6am.

Visit our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think of this story.