Piers Morgan can’t seem to keep his mouth shut these days. He was most recently scrutinizing tennis star Naomi Osaka calling her a “brat” in the midst of her withdrawal from the French Open.
As we previously reported, Osaka announced on social media that she is withdrawing from the French Open. The news of this followed her being fined $15,000 for not speaking to the media, skipping a “mandatory” news conference after her first-round win at the French Open on Sunday.
Osaka wrote on social media, “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.” She added, “More importantly l would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that. Anyone that knows me knows I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at the tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety.”
Morgan tweeted yesterday in response to Osaka’s announcement, calling his column about “world sport’s most petulant little madam” to be published soon in the Daily Mail, prompting backlash on social media. In a follow-up tweet with a link to the article, he said, “Narcissistic Naomi’s cynical exploitation of mental health to silence the media is right from the Meghan & Harry playbook of wanting their press cake and eating it.”
*NEW COLUMN*— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 31, 2021
Narcissistic Naomi's cynical exploitation of mental health to silence the media is right from the Meghan & Harry playbook of wanting their press cake and eating it. https://t.co/UUFZ8iXt7l pic.twitter.com/iAj5ivzOBc
56-year-old Morgan has gone after Meghan Markle in a similar fashion after she revealed the pressures of royal life which led her to suicidal thoughts earlier this year in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Morgan was slammed for stigmatizing and dismissing mental health concerns as well as being fueled by race on Twitter. See some of the reactions below:
Piers Morgan never lets an opportunity to undermine a woman go to waste, does he?— Dr Julia Grace Patterson💙 (@JujuliaGrace) June 1, 2021
*Black woman breathes*— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) June 1, 2021
Piers Morgan: “NEW COLUMN”
No black man would be allowed a platform to bully white women the way #PiersMorgan is allowed to abuse and harass black women— Dr. Zanye (@bookedbusy) June 1, 2021
Imagine being so deeply unpleasant that you would suggest that someone who is suffering from mental illness is using it as an "excuse."#PiersMorgan— Katy (@KatyJayne101) June 1, 2021
People with race issues always jump to ‘but I’ve got a black friend’— Syed S. Ahmad (@ChiefInv) June 1, 2021
Piers Morgan:— Cromwell (@Cromwell606) June 1, 2021
Being questioned by the media is part of Naomi Osaka's job.
Also Piers Morgan:pic.twitter.com/m6Zw3JcRJN
There's only one narcissist exploiting mental health here.— Pete 🤬 (@Sarf_London) June 1, 2021
Piers Morgan when a famous woman sets her own boundaries pic.twitter.com/VFXexr3KkG— KTC (@KieranTCampbell) May 31, 2021
Piers Morgan is a #mentalhealth bigot. Racist undertones swapping ‘playing the race card’ for ‘playing the mental health card’ - he’s so demented he sees #MeghanMarkle in #NaomiOsaka & attacks their mental health to silence & discredit them.— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) May 31, 2021
This is repugnant & reprehensible. pic.twitter.com/n0QnD2eWzv