Piers Morgan is not happy to see award shows reflecting the complexity of gender identity.
On Monday’s “Good Morning Britain”, the TV host slammed Sam Smith in a transphobic rant after reports circulated that organizers of the Brit Awards are considering axing gendered Best Male and Best Female categories.
“I think it’s just great that time-honoured traditions should be scrapped because one guy can’t decide if he is male or female,” Morgan said of the singer. “So they are saying they want to accommodate non-binary performers like Sam Smith. Now he’ll enter the non-binary categories.
“The whole point of having gender categories is to make it fair, to make it equal. Now we are going to go the other way. Well, I think it is a load of nonsense. The idea you have to change entire award categories for one guy, it’s nonsense.”
“If you want to do that Sam Smith, that’s your dime,” Morgan added. “Don’t change everything else for you because that ain’t the way it should play. I want to identify as a dinosaur. Let’s have a category at every TV awards that is for Best Dinosaur. Once you get into self-identification, that is the way it goes.”
The reports about the possible change came a week after Smith came out as non-binary, explaining that they had spent “a lifetime of being at war with my gender,” and asked to be referred to as “they” instead of “he.”
February’s Brit Awards will still reportedly maintain gendered categories but changes may be made for the following year’s telecast.