Piers Morgan sparks outrage by saying women should ‘expect’ to be objectified on the red carpet
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Piers Morgan sparks outrage by saying women should ‘expect’ to be objectified on the red carpet

PIERS Morgan has caused an online storm for defending a ‘worst dressed’ article published by the Daily Mirror from Sunday night’s BAFTA TV awards.

The article in question criticised the outfit of Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, claiming she looked ‘unflattering’, as well as others like Jodie Whittaker and Scarlett Moffatt.

Morgan was responding to BBC presenter Dan Walker on Twitter, who berated the article.

Walker posted a link to the article with the caption: “Newspaper leads the way in poor, unhelpful, vindictive journalism.”

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Morgan responded: “Oh please... If you go on a red carpet, you’re inviting people to objectify & criticise or praise you.”

His tweet sparked outrage from many on Twitter who accused him of condoing body shaming and fuelling a “toxic culture”.

One user responded to Morgan by saying: “Or we could all just be decent humans and try to build people up rather than tear down. What a toxic culture. Why don’t you call it out rather than condone and enforce it?”

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The Good Morning Britain host’s comment came just hours after Nicola Coughlan hit back at the controversy-causing article by saying “@DailyMirrorI look smokin, sorry bout it”.

Many public figures have come out to show support for Coughan including Gabby Logan, who claimed the Mirror “Got this wrong on so many levels”, while fellow Derry Girls cast member Bronagh Waugh slammed the article for “reducing actresses down to what they wore.”

Piers Morgan is far from a stranger to controversy, with his breakfast show, co-hosted by Susanna Reid, frequently addressing divisive issues and discussing controversial subjects.

Never one to mince his words or flip-flop on his views, Piers later defended his comment by tweeting: “Red carpets are a public, self-aggrandising PR exercise, not a Compulsory Sycophancy Carpet.”