Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has defended his son, Stanley Morgan, after he attended a Black Lives Matter protest in London.
Taking to Twitter, Piers, 55, who is father to Albert, Spencer, Stanley and Elise, wrote that he was “proud” of his son for attending the protest, adding that he found the movement “profoundly inspiring.”
Piers, who recently revealed he'd "put on a bit of weight" in lockdown, continued: “He told me he maintained social distancing as best he could in the large crowd. Not easy given many others weren't, but I'm glad he tried.”
However, talk Radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer was quick to fire back at Piers’ tweet, whilst saying Piers’ son had broken the law. She wrote: “Proud of your son breaking the law to meet up with thousands of people more than the maximum of 6 allowed?”
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Father-of-four Piers then defended his son, asking the fellow journalist what law his son had broken. He wrote: “What law did he break, Julia?
“Supermarkets are ‘mass gatherings’ – have you been to one lately? He wore a mask & gloves, met up with under 6 friends, & tried hard to socially distance – because he wanted to protest against racial injustice. So yes, damn right I’m proud of him.”
Piers’ son Stanley, 23, shared a photo of the BLM protests with a sea of people in view, holding up signs.
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While the UK is easing its lockdown restrictions, masses of people have recently been taking to the streets to march in honour of the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd's death sent shockwaves around the world.
The 46 year old African-American father died after a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes until he could no longer breathe.
He has been charged with manslaughter and third degree murder, with another recent charge of second degree murder.
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The other three officers present, after some delay, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and with aiding and abetting manslaughter.
Fans of Piers were quick to fight his corner, with one person writing: “Generally I think it’s better to leave people’s families out of political arguments you have with them,” whilst another added: “You should be proud of him.”
However, not everyone was on Piers’ page, with a host of commenters calling out the star for defending his son.
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“Your a disgrace and so is your son !!!!” one angry commenter penned, whilst another wrote: “Just by being there he broke the law.”
A third added: “He’s been a disgrace throughout this pandemic.”
The 55 year old father was recently forced to deny claims that he broke lockdown rules to visit his parents.
The presenter denied that he left his London home, where he’s been with wife Celia Walden and their daughter Elise, to visit his mum and dad.
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Piers was criticising government advisor Dominic Cummings, who had made a 260 mile trip from London to Durham with his wife, who had symptoms of coronavirus, and their son.
One Twitter user had tweeted Piers, writing: “How was your visit to see mummy & daddy last week?”
To which he responded: “Haven’t seen my parents since March 14, because rules still state I can’t overnight at my Sussex home & unlike Dominic Cummings, I’ve abided by the rules.”
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