A segment of Fox Nation host Piers Morgan’s show — “Piers Morgan: Uncensored” — went off the rails on Wednesday when the host and one of his guests dared to criticize performer Sam Smith’s appearance.
Morgan hosted a conversation with author Douglas Murray and comedian James Barr, and when the topic turned to Smith’s recent controversial performances — which Morgan and Murray both panned — Barr lost his temper.
"Hottest man in the world, Piers – according to some and yourself."
Piers Morgan insists on being referred to by his preferred pronouns.@piersmorgan | @DouglasKMurray | @imjamesbarr | #PMU pic.twitter.com/QQjA9DJm32
— Piers Morgan Uncensored (@PiersUncensored) April 19, 2023
Murray began the conversation, saying that Smith had managed to keep people’s attention by first coming out as gay, and then as gender queer. “And then he said he was non-binary, and he said he didn’t know what it meant — well, of course he didn’t, because there’s no such thing.”
“They,” Barr interrupted, correcting Murray on Smith’s preferred pronouns.
“If you’re going to make everyone else distort the language, you should know what you’re talking about,” Murray continued.
Murray went on to compare Smith’s penchant for removing clothing onstage to other performers who have stripped down during performances, arguing that in the case of performers like Justin Timberlake or Rihanna, at least they looked good while doing it.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE DAILY WIRE APP
“Sam Smith is like pudgy and very ugly,” Murray added. “And so people look at it, and he looks ridiculous. And the problem is that he’s saying, ‘Don’t ridicule me,’ but it’s hard not to ridicule when they present themselves as — ridiculous.”
Barr started to object, but Morgan jumped in: “I completely agree. Why say, ‘don’t ridicule me’ when you deliberately make yourself look ridiculous?”
“No,” Barr said. “That is disgusting, it’s a completely disgusting rhetoric from both of you —”
“It is disgusting, yeah, we do find it disgusting,” Morgan replied, referring to Smith’s presentation.
“No, what you’re saying is disgusting,” Barr insisted.
“What? We’re allowed to find him disgusting,” Morgan objected.
“No, you are not!” Barr shouted back, to which Morgan replied, “Yes, I am.”
Barr insisted that Morgan could not “keep commenting all the time about what people look like,” but Morgan objected to that as well: “Yes, I can! If they’re going to dress like that on a stage in front of millions of people around the world, absolutely I can.”
Ignoring Morgan’s overall assertion, Barr thanked him for “getting the pronoun correct” — prompting Morgan to ask Barr whether he’d remembered to address his host properly.
“Hottest man in the world, Piers — according to some and yourself,” Barr replied.