Piers Morgan’s ‘joke’ causes outrage and offence among LGBT people. Tom Watson apologises for ‘assistant’ deleting response. Apologises to Piers Morgan, that is
Television presenter Piers Morgan outraged trans people and the wider LGBT community this week with a ‘joke’ in which he mocked that he was now self-identifying as ‘trans-slender’. It was an appallingly crass and offensive performance – although only one of his co-presenters seemed to realise it. Good Morning Britain tweeted the footage:
The tweet triggered an immediate reaction accusing Morgan of transphobia, bullying and more:
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson also tweeted in response – but not to condemn the transphobic affront. Instead, Watson tweeted an offer of help – presumably for weight loss:
The tweet must have garnered a rapid, negative reaction as it was deleted. But today, in response to one critical comment, Watson then jumped back into the thread with this follow-up:
Rather than apologise for adding to the distress caused by Piers Morgan’s ‘joke’, Watson ‘doubled down’ by apologising to Morgan – and claimed that his original tweet had been deleted by an assistant without his knowledge.
But Labour insiders insist that Tom Watson is well-known in Labour circles for an obsessive, ‘control-freak’ approach to his Twitter account. One told the SKWAWKBOX:
Deleted by a member of his team…no way. He never shares his password and won’t allow his staff to do anything on his Twitter account.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Tom Watson to ask:
- whether he stood by his tweet apologising to Morgan when the target of the ‘joke’ was obvious and it had caused such offence
- whether the claim by Labour sources that he is obsessive about maintaining personal control of his Twitter account
He had not responded by the time of publication, over six hours later.
Watson’s original tweet that caused such offence was deleted – according to him by one of his team. Labour sources say that cannot be correct – but in any event, there appears no doubt that his follow-up was his own work.
As for Piers Morgan, we’ll just leave this here:
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