Piers Morgan: Dr Shola discusses comments on Meghan Markle
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Just a day after Ofcom’s announcement that Piers Morgan’s Good Morning Britain rant about Meghan Markle following her tell-all interview with Oprah back in March, the former broadcaster’s words are being debated again. After more than 57,000 complaints flooded ITV following his row, which saw him storm off and later exit the show permanently, Ofcom launched an investigation. Six months on, the watchdog announced on Wednesday that Piers’ comments weren’t in breach of standards and that the 56-year-old’s right to free speech makes his controversial remarks acceptable. Piers has been left delighted by the ruling, but Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine saw Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu insisting his words were still “problematic”.
“Piers Morgan brought his own personal angst into everything he did when it came to Meghan Markle,” argued the political commentator.
She continued: “That was problematic for a broadcaster.
“He used his own platform on the Good Morning Britain stage to aggravate racism, sexism, misogyny against her [Meghan Markle].”
She added: “When I say that Piers Morgan was objectively irresponsible as a broadcaster, I mean what I say.
“He was objectively offensive in everything he said on race and mental health.
“Especially the way he was so dismissive of what she said in terms of her own experience.
“And he was deeply personal, Piers Morgan continually uses his platform – what he did that day was use a national platform – the ITV studios, as his own personal living room to just rant out whatever he wanted.
“It was not just about him not believing her – freedom of speech does not come without consequence. And he’s a broadcaster, he brought his personal dislike of Meghan Markle into the debate.”
Responding to the Jeremy Vine debate, viewers were divided over Shola’s viewpoint.
One took to Twitter to comment: “How? Can someone explain how his comments were racist and sexist? Just a breakdown please.”
Another wrote: “That woman on your show makes it unwatchable.*changes channel*.”
“She is right,” a third penned as a fourth said: “FACTS!!!”
Another argued: “A debate is a conversation by people with opposing views Not a shouting match. Time to turn off.”
At the time of the Good Morning Britain walk-out, Ofcom stated: “We can confirm receipt of a standards complaint made on behalf of the Duchess of Sussex.”
On Wednesday, the company said: “Consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.
“The code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.
“The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.”
To his 7.9million followers, the outspoken former broadcaster wrote on Wednesday: “I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke & Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.
“This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. Do I get my job back?
The Duchess of Sussex revealed in a bombshell interview earlier this year she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” shortly after marrying into the Royal Family due to the way she was being treated.
At the time, Piers told ITV viewers: “I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle.
“I wouldn’t believe a weather report if she read it. The fact she has expressed an onslaught against our Royal Family is contemptible.”
Fellow GMB star Alex Beresford slammed his “attack” on Meghan, and after Piers’ chaotic walk-off, he never returned to the show.
Jeremy Vine airs weekdays on Channel 5 at 9.15am.
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