When BBC aired a disturbing cartoon image of Piers Morgan's face buried deep in Donald Trump's naked posterior, he was rightfully incensed and went on a Twitter tirade by posting the offensive image numerous times, just in case everyone else missed it the first time around.
The image first appeared on BBC Two's The Mash Report, but thanks to Morgan's flare-up and subsequent posts, the Internet is well aware of the source of his conniption fit.
The Good Morning Britain host first tweeted the photo, and wrote, "Amusing though this image may be to many people, can you imagine the BBC broadcasting it if the President was Hillary Clinton or the interviewer was a woman?"
If the BBC broadcast an image like this after a female journalist interviewed @theresa_may - all hell would break l… https://t.co/yT95ynca3F— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1517603053.0
Morgan, 52, tweeted the image yet again, saying:
The BBC thinks this is OK to broadcast. But if it depicted high profile women, there would be outrage. Why the double standard?
The third time Morgan posted the cartoon, he said:
If the BBC broadcast an image like this after a female journalist interviewed @theresa_may – all hell would break loose & people would be fired. Gender equality shouldn't just apply to pay – should it?
During the BBC segment, comedian Rachel Parris analyzed body languages of David Frost and Richard Nixon's interview and compared it to Morgan's interview style with Trump. She presented the offensive cartoon that appeared on a large screen behind her.
Host Nish Kumar reacted to the visual assault and said that it was something he could never unsee.
Thanks to Morgan, neither can we.
The British pit bull, known for his reputation as "Mr. Nasty," considers 45 a good friend. According to Morgan, the two have been in touch after winning Celebrity Apprentice and conducted over 30 interviews with Trump since. The talk show host also became appointed as the first international interviewer to sit down with the president since his inauguration, and it aired on ITV from Davos, Switzerland.
Twitter reactions ranged from those who praised the cartoon's accurate portrayal of Piers' relationship with the U.S. president, to those agreeing with the journalist's commentary on double-standards.
Absolutely. The sexist double standard must end. Equal means equal. What's demeaning for the goose, is demeaning fo… https://t.co/5BDRCtRsdk— Rob McGibbon (@Rob McGibbon)1517646090.0
@robmcgibbon @HarveyNichols Well, in my long and varied life, I have never seen or heard a sexual or gender connota… https://t.co/W2N1266tJp— Peter Short MBE (@Peter Short MBE)1517646987.0
However, there was plenty of mockery.
@piersmorgan I've seen this picture retweeted thousands of times now with absolutely no credit to the photographer. https://t.co/eupa2v77kt— Ricky Gervais (@Ricky Gervais)1517608619.0
@rickygervais @Paul__Christian @piersmorgan https://t.co/9ZyPSvjrWJ— Jason Reid (@Jason Reid)1517610501.0
@piersmorgan Just FYI, I think you included a screencap of the interview by mistake— Patrick Monahan (@Patrick Monahan)1517603372.0
https://t.co/RrjBjN4jn8— Dan Ozzi (@Dan Ozzi)1517609982.0
@danozzi @jwahjwah https://t.co/SCkcseuQqk— Tom Underwood 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE (@Tom Underwood 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE)1517641030.0
@danozzi @mrjammyjamjar3 https://t.co/dvV05xYmkk— ابو موسى الأشعري (@ابو موسى الأشعري)1517668649.0
publicist: just stop tweeting the image of u eating donald trump's ass, this will go away on its own in a day pier… https://t.co/tyU44GBnyN— Bob Vulfov (@Bob Vulfov)1517610640.0
According to Indy 100, Morgan was allegedly not embarrassed by the image and explained that he shared the image to highlight the BBC's "hypocrisy." The British journalist retweeted the graphic 13 times, to date.