Piers Morgan Mocked, Torched For 'Reprehensible' Column Attacking Naomi Osaka

Written by on May 31, 2021

Piers Morgan, the presenter who famously stormed off the set of “Good Morning Britain” after criticism from a co-host, confronted livid backlash Monday after he wrote a column calling tennis star Naomi Osaka a “brat” for refusing to talk to media with a view to shield her psychological well being.

Tennis Grand Slam event leaders introduced Sunday that Osaka, 23, could be fined $15,000 for refusing to attend obligatory post-match press conferences on the French Open. Osaka had introduced her choice final week, citing psychological well being. She withdrew from the event Monday, revealing that she’d battled with despair because the U.S. Open in 2018 and has had “a very exhausting time dealing with that” in addition to social anxiousness. 

“So right here in Paris I used to be already feeling weak and anxious so I believed it was higher to train self-care and skip the press conferences,” she mentioned in an announcement on social media.

Morgan tweeted Monday morning that his column about “world sport’s most petulant little madam” was being revealed within the Day by day Mail, prompting an uproar on social media. In a follow-up tweet with a hyperlink to the article, he mentioned Osaka’s “cynical exploitation of psychological well being to silence the media is correct from the Meghan & Harry playbook of wanting their press cake and consuming it.”

He had gone after Meghan Markle similarly after she revealed that the pressures of royal life had led her to suicidal ideas earlier this 12 months in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. When Morgan was known as out by a “Good Morning Britain” colleague for trashing the Duchess of Sussex, he walked off the set and finally left the present for good.

TV watchdog Ofcom had acquired tens of hundreds of complaints on the time, after Morgan forged doubt on Meghan’s revelation about her psychological well being, saying, “I don’t imagine a phrase she says.” Morgan routinely calls Meghan a brat and has publicly gone after her for years.

He was branded a hypocrite and a bully after his newest assault, and was slammed once more for stigmatizing and dismissing psychological well being issues. See a few of the response under.

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