Piers Morgan has called out Chrissy Teigen for nearly ten-year-old transphobic tweets despite his long history of anti-trans rhetoric.
Morgan has hit out against Gillette’s ad, released this Sunday (13 January), claiming it to be anti-man. However, after model Teigen lent her support to the company – who employed her for a campaign in 2012 – Morgan turned his ire against her.
This is despite Morgan, who was fired in 2004 as Editor of the Daily Mirror for publishing fake photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured, frequently using transphobic language.
In a column for the Daily Mail, he published some of Teigen’s tweets from 2009 to 2011, in which she uses transphobic language.
In one tweet, she attempts to slam America’s Next Top Model: ‘God. Can we just come out and call the freakin show ‘americas next top tranny’ because this shit has been trantastic for the past 5 years.’
In another, she alludes to the rumors about Lady Gaga that circulated when she first appeared on the scene. ‘Ahhh. I feel like lady gaga. But with lady parts [sic.]’
Other tweets have also emerged, including ones that body shamed Mariah Carey for being pregnant with twins.
Writing in the column, Morgan says about Teigen: ‘Except that Chrissy Teigen isn’t Ms Perfect at all.
‘Her self-positioned halo is in fact completely fraudulent. The reality is that she’s a vile, hateful, foul-mouthed person who’s openly mocked transsexuals and spewed incredibly nasty bile about numerous female celebrities.
‘We know this because just before Christmas, a series of her old poisonous tweets, posted between 2009 and 2013, were suddenly unearthed and reposted online.’
A history of anti-trans and non-binary rhetoric
Piers Morgan’s ardent defense of trans people might come as surprise to the trans community.
In September 2018, he told Mermaids activist Susie Green trans girls should not be allowed in the Girl Guides until they are ‘fully woman’.
While interviewing Caitlyn Jenner on TV, he repeatedly asked questions about her genitals.
When speaking to a non-binary couple in 2017 on Good Morning Britain, he compared non-binary children to a disease: ‘Schools are now running riot with non-binary kids. It’s like a contagion.’
He also mocked people’s gender identities in that interview, saying: ‘Can I be anything I want? Can I be an elephant? Do I get afforded elephant rights?’
On his US show Piers Morgan Live, he was slammed for talking over and dismissing transgender advocate Janet Mock in 2014.
Mock took issue with Morgan saying she was ‘born a boy’ in an interview. Morgan invited her back on the show, where he tried to call Mock a hypocrite about an article concerning them titled ‘I Was Born a Boy’. However, Mock was neither responsible for the headline nor the author of the piece.