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Here's what we should take from that Ewan McGregor/Piers Morgan Twitter spat

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The mission statement was simple: to ‘send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.’

With that in mind, a sea of ‘pussy hat’ clad women and men came together in a worldwide demonstration in support of women’s rights following the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. The protest has now been estimated to be the largest one-day protest in United States history, and organisers of the Women's March are now planning a day without women - a strike by all females. 

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Overall, the reaction to the march from celebrities appeared positive. Girls just wanna have fun singer Cyndi Lauper tweeted, ‘Solidarity goes out to my sisters who [are] marching today for fundamental equal rights that should be afforded to all women of all races and ages’.

Former Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders wrote ‘Congratulations to the women marching today. We must go forward to ensure full reproductive justice for all women’.

The internet was full of pictures of celebs protesting President Trump. Emma Watson, Ian McKellen and staunch Clinton supporter Katy Perry made it out. 

However, one celebrity reaction definitely stood out on Twitter, and that was from Piers Morgan.

Morgan took to Twitter to say ‘I’m planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with me?’

 

The ex-tabloid editor is known for his traditionalist views, once claiming that sports presenting was ‘a man’s job’ and that Kim Kardashian would be ‘more empowering to women now by proving she can succeed with her clothes on’. It’s pretty clear that Piers isn’t one to shy away from spewing out his controversial opinions. 

A few days later, T2 Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor was due to appear on Good Morning Britain. Apparently it was only while he was sitting in make up that he realised Morgan hosted the show.

McGregor refused to go on, and publicly denounced Morgan (‘Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise Piers Morgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #womensmarch’) throwing both stars into a feminism-fuelled feud, which became very one sided very quickly. 

While McGregor chose to move on after his tweet and continue promoting his film, Morgan, much like a scorned toddler, threw the biggest twitter tantrum since Trump’s Saturday Night Live rampage. Using what he had learned from his career working for some of the most sensationalist news outlets, Morgan scraped the barrel for any incriminating evidence on McGregor and ran with it as much as he could. 

It’s safe to say it all got a bit tedious after the third ‘child rapist supporter’ tweet, Morgan's claims that McGregor was a "pedophile-loving hypocrite" (a reference to McGregor's past work with Woody Allen), especially coming from the man who, in 2009, used the words ‘I’ve always loved Jimmy Savile.’

So while we all tried to move on with our lives, believing it to be your standard celebrity clash, Morgan continued to try and push buttons, lapping up every morsel of attention he could get.

McGregor is known for his support of women’s rights and had expressed his solidarity with those protesting, confirming that both his daughters were in attendance at a march.  

While Morgan makes a point claiming everyone is entitled to their opinion, but what if these opinions are particularly dangerous ones? Is McGregor wrong to avoid a man who has caused nothing but controversy in his career? Is he wrong to promote his own opinion in the way he believes is best?

Let’s face it, it’s not like there is any possible way to suppress Morgan and his contentious views. 

Honestly, the only thing McGregor is guilty of is giving Morgan even more attention, the one thing he craves and adores more than anything in the world.

Photos: Flickr, Garry Knight, Wikicommons




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