It all started with disgraced former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan launching a Twitter war against the 21 January worldwide Women’s March against Donald Trump. In reaction to Morgan’s sexist tweets, actor Ewan McGregor walked out of a planned interview with him on Good Morning Britain. What happened next feels more like an episode of 30 Rock than real life.
Piers vs the Women’s March
I'm planning a 'Men's March' to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who's with me?
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 21, 2017
Morgan spent the day of the Women’s March tweeting nonsense like the above, and seemed rather chuffed with all the attention he received in response. But a few days later, when actor Ewan McGregor arrived on the Good Morning Britain set and found out Morgan would be hosting, he flatly refused to do the show.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) January 24, 2017
The Trainspotting actor hasn’t commented on the matter since, driving an ego-bruised Piers Morgan to ever greater displays of outrage in efforts to tempt him out.
Hissy fit number 1
First, Morgan began frantically retweeting anyone from anywhere who had something critical to say about McGregor’s stance.
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) January 24, 2017
Then, Morgan threw a tantrum live on Good Morning Britain – the breakfast show he hosts with Susanna Reid. Morgan’s mighty comeback on the show involved invoking a tactic beloved by 10-year-olds the world over against a hostile sibling. He literally did the whole fake-cry baby voice thing and whined:
Ewan McGregor doesn’t wanna come on the sofa with me! Waaaah
Until co-hosts threw their arms round him in mock-solace.
With no word still from McGregor, Morgan’s behaviour escalated further. He decided to use his Mail Online column to call McGregor a lover of paedophiles.
In fairness, on the “paedophile-loving” point, Morgan has a strong case. McGregor is one in a long list of actors who continue to shower sympathy and adoration on Roman Polanski. Renowned director Polanski is a known sex offender, having raped a 13-year-old girl and then fled the US to avoid prosecution. Once asked how he felt about working with a man prosecuted for having sex with children, McGregor responded:
I felt sad for Roman because he’s an old man who I’m incredibly fond of. I like him as a man.
But of all the people to be calling out the hypocrisy of Hollywood over Polanski, Piers Morgan is the very last person who has a leg to stand on. As one social media user was quick to point out, Morgan has highly publicised acquaintanceships with known sex offenders Paul Gadd, Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile.
— дерево фото (@WoodoPhoto) January 24, 2017
He can’t stop himself
I didn't 'accuse' him of anything.
It's a fact.
McGregor hates Trump's behaviour to women but likes & works for a child rapist fugitive. https://t.co/UeaDOrVvOd
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 25, 2017
Piers Morgan is still tweeting about the incident more than 24 hours later, unwilling to accept that his opponent simply refuses to play ball. Proving that, in a one-man argument, Piers Morgan can still find a way to lose.
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