NEW YORK -- Having swum in the choppy waters of gun control during his time at CNN, Piers Morgan waded into the even more turbulent rapids of race on Wednesday.
In a comment piece for the Mail Online, the former Mirror man took aim at raunchy songstress Nicki Minaj and a selection of “toxic firecracker” tweets she posted during the MTV Music Video Awards that led to an online brouhaha with fellow singer Taylor Swift. The thrust of Minaj’s tweets, according to Morgan, were that she didn’t get nominated for an award because she’s not thin and not white.
So far, who cares?
However, Morgan went on to attack “Back Twitter,” what he describes as an “aggressive social media group of mainly black Americans who collectively leap on any perceived racial insult or bias to expel their indignation.”
…and we're up and running.
Morgan claims he fell foul of “Black Twitter” on Tuesday after responding to a tweet from HuffPost Live presenter Marc Lamont Hill, saying, “All Black Lives Matter.”
Morgan responded by pointing out “All Lives Matter.”
Twitter responded with attacks ranging from reasoned to reactionary. Many just called Morgan a “white supremacists,” an even more loaded term (if that were possible) after the killing of nine African-Americans in Charleston last month.
Morgan concluded his column thus: “For Nicki Minaj, who is indisputably very talented, to play the race card just because her video didn’t get the nomination she wanted is a cheap piece of faux outrage deliberately designed to stir up unnecessary racial tension where it shouldn’t exist. Shame on you, Ms Minaj.”
The journalist's name has burned at the top of Twitter trends ever since.
That Piers Morgan column is both hilarious - given the bizarre situation - and correct, incredibly.— Frederick (@FrederickRants) July 22, 2015
Piers Morgan is an insufferable blowhard.— Baenerys (@Auragasmic) July 22, 2015
Piers Morgan is such a self-serving ignorant idiot— The Larry Bible (@TheLarryBible) July 22, 2015
Why does Piers Morgan say the things he says looking the way he looks— jordan (@femmeminem) July 22, 2015
piers morgan doesn't usually produce articles that have accuracy but honestly, he couldn't have been more accurate with that article.— meg (@Alltootay13) July 22, 2015
Piers Morgan is clearly very talented. It’s hard to be hated globally.— Paul Chowdhry (@paulchowdhry) July 22, 2015
Piers Morgan's article isn't that bad. He's just an arrogant Anglo-Saxon dickhead that patronizes black people in order to victimize himself— COINTELPRO (@BARACKOMARCUS) July 22, 2015
BREAKING: Piers Morgan surges to the lead in GOP primary polls.— itsonlyzach (@itsonlyzach) July 22, 2015