Piers Morgan hit with backlash over Women’s World Cup final joke
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Piers Morgan has been hit with backlash over a joke he made on Twitter about the Women’s World Cup final, with people saying his comment was ‘patronising’ or ‘chauvinistic’.
The 2023 Women's World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, has certainly been an eventful one for Sarina Wiegman's team, who became the first English side to make it to a final in the tournament since 1966.
In the wake of their loss many famous faces focused on the side’s amazing efforts throughout the competition.
Former footballer turned pundit Chris Karama tweeted: “England did us proud, great tournament and getting to the final was amazing.”
He added: “Got that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. But well done Spain worthy winners on the day.”
Former England star and Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker also said: “Gutted for the @lionesses who gave their all, but congratulations to Spain on winning the World Cup.
“They were the better team and thoroughly deserved their victory.”
Captain Millie Bright later reflected on the experience, saying she felt ‘proud’ of her team, adding: “We’ve played on the highest stage. We’ve had a shot at competing for the trophy we have always wanted but this isn’t the end of the journey and we will definitely bounce back. For now, though, we’ll let it settle.”
But not everyone seemed quite so positive about the outcome.
While many fans were quick to praise the team online for their efforts, Piers Morgan took the opportunity to share a joke that didn’t land too well with some people.
Tweeting from Antigua and Barbuda, according to a location tag, he wrote: “Seem to be a lot of very over-emotional women on here right now. Calm down, it’s only a game of football… [crying with laughter emoji].”
One person commented: “What in the world is wrong with you? If you wouldn't write this after a men's final don't write it after a women's final. Losing or winning a world cup final is a big moment in someone's life. People are allowed to have emotions.”
Someone else called Morgan a ‘chauvinist’, while another said: “How patronising!”
A fourth said: “You're an absolute disgrace.”
A fifth asked: “Why is it over-emotional when it's women's football?”
Many others noted how he gets ‘emotional’ about the Ashes or an Arsenal game.
“You were over emotional about Prince William not going to watch said game,” one said, telling Morgan to ‘take a nap’.
But some Twitter users pointed out that this was precisely the aim of his joke.
When one fumed: “Excuse me/us? Telling us to calm down? How rude of you. Men are emotional about football, and not told to calm down. You do not own our emotions!”
Someone else replied to the tweet to say: “That’s literally the joke.”
LADbible has reached out to Piers Morgan for comment.