Earlier this week, the Piers Morgan Donald Trump interview aired — the first international TV interview for the president. As befits Morgan, the interview was a sycophantic mess that was relentlessly mocked on Twitter. The BBC even got into the act, when their satirical news program The Daily Mash showed a picture of the alleged journalist rimming the president. But Morgan was not pleased — and kept irately retweeting the image.
BBC2’s The Daily Mash ran a segment with Rachel Parris explaining the differences between a hard-hitting interview and a celebrity puff piece. It opens with her explaining that in a hard-hitting piece, the interviewer and subject face off with “several meters between them…. Whereas in the Trump interview, the staging hinted at a greater intimacy between the two men.” And you can guess what image illustrated this point.
Parris also points out some of the ridiculous things Morgan said in the interview, like “You’re half-British, right?” and “I like your tweets!” Morgan also refused to call Trump on any of his most obvious lies. Parris also looks at Morgan’s past — like a segment on Good Morning Britain starring Morgan which asks “Is your baby a bigot?”
But instead of focusing on any of the real, legitimate criticisms of Morgan in the piece, he decided to focus on the rimming cartoon:
The BBC thinks this is OK to broadcast. But if it depicted high profile women, there would be outrage.
Why the double standard? pic.twitter.com/xcdxpEJD3E
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2018
The first tweet (above) focused on the “double standard” about showing “high profile women”, though when that didn’t garner sympathy, Morgan pivoted to accusations of homophobia:
It portrays two straight men in a homosexual act so yes, it’s homophobic – not that you can even spell the word. https://t.co/EqWdv0NfL9
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 3, 2018
Morgan being concerned about homophobia is particularly rich — in the ’90s, Morgan tried to get writer Ben Myers to frame a gay youth group to make them look like pedophile pimps.
Ironically, Morgan has more Twitter followers than people who watched the original Daily Mash segment — so by repeatedly tweeting out the “offending” image, he made sure more people saw it than otherwise would. (After all, this writer’s an American who would have never seen the Mash segment had it not been for Morgan’s complaining.)
While Morgan was fishing for sympathy, he didn’t get it. Most of the tweets were critical of Morgan, rather than the Daily Mash:
Dude, please stop posting images like this. I understand you want attention but this is not how you go about it. It’s kinda sad, actually.
— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) February 4, 2018
In these tough times when Americans have so many reasons to feel ashamed before the world, at least we aren't responsible for Piers Morgan.
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) February 2, 2018
Because the BBC knows you're a Trump coddling buffoon??
— Silence Dogood (@PolitiTroll1776) February 2, 2018
I don't know if it's because I'm not "high-profile" enough, like you Piers, but I tried it with my own image to see if you had a point and I think it's still pretty hilarious. I seem to be really enjoying it. Good for me. I give full permission to @BBCTwo #MashReport to use this. pic.twitter.com/5D8kQjNwbj
— Bec Hill a.k.a Be Chill (@bechillcomedian) February 3, 2018
Youreeeee not a woman? And you’re kind of a jerk?
— Justin Van Dyk (@JVDtweets) February 2, 2018
a) it's not about the sex of the people involved, it's about your godawful 'journalism'
b) it's a moot point because if literally any female journalist on Earth had the opportunity you had to interview a rapey misogynistic President they would actually ask the right questions
— James Rhodes (@JRhodesPianist) February 3, 2018
Watch the original Piers Morgan Donald Trump rimming segment below:
— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) February 2, 2018