Piers Morgan has slammed trolls who criticised him for mocking Boris Johnson’s decision to carry his son in a baby carrier.
The Good Morning Britain host, 55, took to Twitter and shared a snap of the Prime Minister, 56, carrying his four-month-old son Wilfred in a baby harness while out walking with his fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, and their dog Dilyn.
Alongside the photo, taken during Boris’ holiday in Scotland, Piers penned: ‘Least surprising news of the Millennium: the man whose woeful handling of the pandemic crisis has been so pathetically weak… needs a papoose to carry his baby.’
However, the post, which has since garnered over 4, 900 likes, received quite the mixed reaction – with many criticising Piers’ use of the word ‘papoose.’
One annoyed follower wrote: ‘Please stop using the outdated, racist word papoose (see: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papoose).
‘The correct terminology is a baby carrier (or sling if it is a non-structured carrier).’
However, unimpressed Piers hit back: ‘Why are wokies so exhausting? It seems a contradiction in terms…’ before adding: ‘A papoose is not racist…
‘Your attempt to make it racist is in itself… racist.’
However. the disagreement didn’t stop there as when the woman went on to thank Piers for ‘amplifying’ her message, he retaliated: ‘All I amplified was your absurd virtue-signalling. A papoose is not racist.’
She then went on to accuse the TV presenter’s ‘usage of the word’ as being ‘racist,’ to which he responded: ‘No, your attempt to make it racist is in itself… racist.’
Piers proceeded by sharing a photo of the iconic Athena poster which shows a topless male model holding a baby, and captioned it: ‘World’s most popular poster… now imagine him using a papoose.’
Another soon waded on on the debate and wrote: ‘So today we learned that – shock horror – @piersmorgan either a terrible parent who never carried a child anywhere or must have a chronically bad back from doing so without a supportive sling – which may account for his mood. Slings – for those with a backbone.’
The father-of-four proceeded by reassuring his follower that he has always been a hands-on dad and penned: ‘Many thanks for your concern over my parenting skills.
‘Given that I’ve been one to 4 children for 27 years… and you to one for precisely 9 months, I’d probably steer clear of playing the Baby-Whisperer card if I were you.’
He continued: ‘Mate, I changed so many nappies I ended up being able to do it all one-handed whilst conducting a business call with the other.’