With Christmas just around the corner, it is safe to assume that Piers Morgan definitely is on Santa’s naughty list. The outspoken British television host is famous for his bad behavior. In fact, he’s built his whole career on his ability to rub people up the wrong way!
Over the past few months, 52-year-old Morgan has clashed with multiple guests on Good Morning Britain – the breakfast show he co-hosts with an exasperated Susanna Reid. From a pro-gun lobbyist to a transgender model, Morgan’s bullying behavior is rarely contained.
The red rag that ignited his latest rant came in the form of a provocative photo shoot featuring 26-year-old model Emily Ratajkowski.
The former editor of the Daily Mirror could barely contain himself as he erupted live on air after watching a video of the brunette beauty writhing around on a table of spaghetti in nothing but her underwear for LOVE magazine’s infamous advent calendar.
This year celebrates the seventh edition of the advent calendar, which features a new treat each day in the form of a scantily clad model. For 2017, Kendall Jenner, Kate Upton, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Ashley Graham all hiding behind a door.
“It’s a fun way to celebrate the year with the hottest women in the world,” explained Jasmine Sanders, one of the featured models.
Last year, the calendar went viral practically every single day, making it one of the most anticipated elements of the festive period this year. But fans were left a little perplexed when they watched 26-year-old Emily Ratajkowski’s contribution.
The brunette beauty – who rose to fame thanks to her appearance in the video for Robin Thicke’s controversial song ‘Blurred Lines’ in 2013 – added further confusion when she said that her shoot was inspired by feminism.
“In the wake of women coming forward with incredible amounts of sexual harassment cases, I have been so disappointed to hear women talk about ‘modesty’ and ‘our responsibility’ as if we need to, yet again, adjust to make it ‘easier’ for the rest of the world,” she said.
“I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear a short skirt or post a sexy Instagram. I want to do what I want to do.”
“To me, female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her. The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex – those are my decisions and they shouldn’t be impacted by men.”
However, nobody was more confused by the connection between a semi-nude body, spaghetti, and feminism than Morgan.
“People like Emily and Kim Kardashian post this stuff to millions of impressionable young women and they don’t just say ‘Don’t I look hot?’, they say ‘I’m doing this to empower women’,” he said.
“What Emily is doing is using this in the name of feminism. Don’t use the excuse it’s feminism because it’s not,” Morgan continued. “For goodness sake – get some clothes on and get yourself a proper job,” he spat, before going on to call the model a “global bimbo.”
However, it’s easy to see why Morgan might have come to this conclusion, especially as Ratajkowski came to blows with a magazine for reducing the size of her breasts in her pictures. Check out the drama below:
This isn’t the first time the American model has been called out for her approach to promoting feminism. Amanda Hess of Slate magazine once questioned if the Gone Girl actress was a feminist or an opportunist exploiting the movement.
Rather than be hurt by this criticism, Ratajkowski hit back in a different interview, saying that “society somehow feels that women can’t manage to be political, feminist and a sex symbol.” In the same interview, she called society’s reaction to the naked female body “weird”.
Ratajkowski is yet to respond to Pier’s scathing remarks directly. Instead, she took to Twitter to address her one million followers over the debate.
“Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots,” she continued, before signing off with “k thanks”.
What do you think? Is Ratajkowski right or does Morgan have a point?