Piers Morgan says people calling him a 'fat, white gammon' is racist
British television personality, Piers Morgan, has shown that he too is a flappable - a criticism he often levels at those who take umbrage with his controversial opinions.
Morgan was discussing whether the media coverage of "Megxit" - that is, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step back from royal duties - has been racially charged towards the erstwhile actress, when he claimed that he had, in fact, been a victim of reverse prejudice.
The 54-year-old, who denounces claims that Markle's treatment has been racially derogatory, said that black people calling him a "fat, white gammon" is "racist".
Watch Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid discuss whether Meghan Markle will face her father in court:
"I don’t see racism [in the coverage] and when people say to me the press has been racist, and the wider public has been racist, I think its grotesquely unfair to smear everyone in that way without producing tangible evidence which says this is racist," he said on Good Morning Britain today.
However, Co-anchor, Susanna Reid, challenged Morgan's comments, replying "The trouble is Piers that when the women of colour have produced tangible evidence, you dismiss it. You’re not accepting the experience of women of colour who have complained about it."
Morgan continued: "I’m not accepting. Also, I’m not accepting that just because I’m white, I can’t see racism when I see it. I have campaigned against racism my entire broadcasting life. I will listen to, as we had Dr Shola yesterday, lecturing me about what racism is. Just because she’s a black woman it doesn’t mean that she can say, “that is racist” when it’s not."
To which Reid refuted, "Don’t you think she has more experience of racism than you do as a white man?"
"Well possibly, yes," he countered. "She is a black woman and been exposed to more racism than I have, although frankly, on social media, I get called a fat, white, gammon all day long. That is also racist. If you’re called, by a black person on Twitter, a fat, white gammon, they’re being racist too."
People on Twitter were divided on whether calling someone a "fat, white gammon" constituted as a racist remark:
Guest and economical reporter, Grace Blakely, said that the remark was merely an insult. "No, they’re not," she insisted, "They’re just insulting you".