"I feel Piers Morgan wants our attention so badly that we should just ignore him -- forever."
Piers Morgan thinks it's completely fine for white people to use the N-word while singing along to a song, and Twitter is ripping him apart over it.
Sparked by a Snapchat video gone viral of group of University of New Hampshire Alpha Phi Sorority girls singing along to the explicit lyrics of Kanye West's "Gold Digger," the controversial British journalist wrote an op-ed for The Daily Mail detailing why he feels the "Alpha Phi Sorority sisters did nothing wrong."
"If you want someone to blame," he wrote, "then blame Kanye West."
In the piece published Thursday afternoon, Morgan begged the question: "How can it possibly be racist to sing along to a song that was No. 1 in America for TEN WEEKS? And is the word 'n---a' racist anyway? Oh, I know the word 'n----r' from which it is derived is racist. We all know that. That's why I won't even spell it out."
(TooFab opted for censorship.)
"Nobody, it seems, is too sure if it's actually offensive to spell out the word 'n---as' or not," he wrote. "When Larry Wilmore called Barack Obama a 'n---a' at the White House Correspondents Dinner, I read several defenses by black journalists explaining that 'n----r' is a slur against black people, whereas 'n---a' just means 'buddy.'"
Morgan argued that Kanye West himself said in 2012 that "'if n---as is such a positive word, why do we feel so uncomfortable for white people to say it, even with a hall pass?'"
He defended the ladies of Alpha Phi, saying, "I doubt any of them gave it a moment's thought when Kanye's song 'Gold Digger' began playing, and certainly not any racist thought. They're young, free and partying and it would have just seemed like any other very popular rap song. So they sang along to it, and that meant they subconsciously sang the word 'n---as' too. So what?"
According to Morgan, "the only way to stop its use completely is for EVERYONE to stop using it, including black people. To me, there is no difference between 'n----r' and 'n---a.' They sound exactly the same, and are therefore open to permanent confusion and the exact same capacity to offend. I wish the n-word could be expunged from society altogether, as the k-word has been pretty much eradicated in South Africa."
Twitter is pissed, but not surprised. See some of the best reactions below.
When you see Piers Morgan trending on Twitter and it's not because he died. pic.twitter.com/xeHVzOKMfZ— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) September 21, 2017
Why are people allowed to say "Piers Morgan"?— Dan Telfer (@dantelfer) September 21, 2017
I was going to troll Piers Morgan, then I realized I get more retweets than him and I'm a dead black man.— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) September 21, 2017
Piers Morgan is Ann Coulter, but with a slightly bigger clitoris.— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) September 21, 2017
Why is @piersmorgan obsessed with telling ppl who is allowed to say nigga and who isn't? I wrote abt his nigga obsession 2 years ago.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) September 21, 2017
Piers Morgan is trolling black Twitter again for click stats to justify his continued employment by the Mail. Don't fall for it do NOT click— Marcus 🇧🇧 (@marcusjdl) September 21, 2017
Should piers morgan eat a fuckin dick?— fagdad elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) September 21, 2017
New column posting very soon. https://t.co/nEwKIM49iJ
The gag is I lost my job for calling out racism. Yet I can guarantee you @piersmorgan keeps his. Coz it's fine for white men 2 act this way.— Munroe Bergdorf (@MunroeBergdorf) September 21, 2017
I feel Piers Morgan wants our attention so badly that we should just ignore him -- forever.— Michele Canty (@DPMCanty) September 21, 2017
me every time piers morgan posts something offensive for a reaction pic.twitter.com/jj1fvXP9iK— 🌑✨ (@idealising) September 21, 2017
The fact that Piers Morgan was a giant failure here is perhaps our greatest argument for American exceptionalism— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) September 21, 2017
Does Piers Morgan masturbate to pictures of himself?— teresa lo (@teresalo_tweets) September 21, 2017
New column posting very soon. https://t.co/72MFTb3Jzu
The fact that he places a white woman's 'right' to sing the n-word, b4 the feelings of people of colour, shows @piersmorgan's racial bias.— Munroe Bergdorf (@MunroeBergdorf) September 21, 2017
Nice of Piers Morgan to come to the defense of his favorite minority group: Rich white males named Piers Morgan.— Michael Blackman (@MBlackman37) September 21, 2017
This will have ZERO ramifications on @piersmorgan's career. But somehow a black trans woman calling out this behavior is a sackable offense.— Munroe Bergdorf (@MunroeBergdorf) September 21, 2017
I don't have time to argue with @piersmorgan today. I have a job.— jim jefferies (@jimjefferies) September 21, 2017
.@piersmorgan - "Why can't I say n****r? it's not like I'm racist..."— Munroe Bergdorf (@MunroeBergdorf) September 21, 2017
Everybody with a brain - "Then why do you want to say it so bad?"
Society: White people shouldnt say the n word— kid block (@senderblock23) September 21, 2017
Piers Morgan: I want to die
Piers Morgan: racism is good— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) September 21, 2017
Piers Morgan: bloody hell the outragists are at it again! and in the middle of the footy match!
I just love how white men feel entitled to tell black people what "furthers racism"— Max Keeble (@_CasanovaJr) September 21, 2017
piers morgan is actually obsessed with getting reactions out of black people. he's actually sick in the head.— mi (@helloalegria) September 21, 2017
If any of you share that Piers Morgan article, even to be outraged, my block finger is ready— Ira Madison III (@ira) September 21, 2017