Piers Morgan’s career has always been subject to much discussion. People don’t seem to like him and since the expansion of Twitter, this dislike has become more and more noticeable.
Piers Morgan’s career has always been subject to much discussion. People don’t seem to like him and since the expansion of Twitter, this dislike has become more and more noticeable. Since being axed from his CNN talk show in America, I’ve noticed an outpour of satisfied Americans declaring their love for any force that made this happen. But why? Do we detest Piers in Britain as much as they do in America?
I follow Piers on Twitter and I occasionally tap his tweets to see the response. It’s never good. The turning point for the Brit journalist was when he openly crusaded for gun control in US during his talk show. Since, his ratings have plummeted and his show was on track to fail.
The root of all criticism
Recently, a woman named Janet Mock who openly discussed her transexuality appeared on the show. She was promoting her book, ‘Redefining Realness,’ but felt she was met with a ‘transphobic’ attitude from Piers after he questioned her love life amongst other personal matters. This was also a colossal turning point for Piers’ reputation and now, today, Piers has no show.
The outcry from both incidents inevitably contributed to his demise. I noticed some tweets from UK inhabitants slating his actions on the CNN programme, I never see anything popular written about him on either side of the pond, so in reality I assume we don’t want him back in the UK.
I’ve done my research and I’ve come to the conclusion that the hate Piers Morgan receives isn’t really about anything in particular. It’s just a bandwagon – a large one. He has said many controversial things, but as a hard hitting journalist, isn’t it his job to question every social issue going?
A tweeting backlash
Piers’ major downfall was definitely questioning guns in America. Not only was he a foreign presenter, he was a foreign presenter questioning a society that wasn’t even his own—that would inevitably lead to resentment in any culture. Gun culture to us Brits may seem like a ridiculous concept, but to many Americans, it’s valued and that is a prime example of culture conflict, something Piers should have understood.
The bandwagon is an excellent sample of the chaos social media can cause. It is also a true reflection on how easy it is to bully other people using social media. People feel obliged to dislike Piers, for one reason or another and Twitter has definitely fuelled the snowball of hate, with Piers at the bottom of the slope.
Do we want Piers back in the UK? Apparently not. Twitter has been rife with hate since his show’s first season and it appears we are also angry about certain things Piers has said or done from across the pond. Personally, I don’t really see anything wrong with him.
If anything, this case shows how much Twitter needs to be regulated to stop abuse. Piers is clearly a strong willed individual, however not all of us are and it goes to show that Twitter is not only a medium for communication, but also one for awful cyber bullying.
What do you think? Should Piers’ programme have been cancelled? Do you want him back in the UK? Have your say in the comments section below.