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13th Feb 2023

Piers Morgan hits out at ‘complete berk’ Sam Smith in ‘gender update’

Steve Hopkins

‘What do you mean ‘now’?’

Piers Morgan has entered the debate on Sam Smith‘s BRIT awards outfit, by mocking the singer and their gender identity, but in doing so inadvertently became the focus of his own joke.

Much was made of the Grammy-winner’s outfit at Saturday’s awards ceremony. They wore a black latex, balloon-like number featuring a high neck, sleeves and legs which appeared to be inflated, paired with heeled boots and a pair of tiny earrings.

The outfit was still being talked about on Monday, where a Good Morning Britain presenter was criticised for clumsily misgendering the performer by referring to Smith as ‘he’.

Smith is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, something they have been very vocal about.

On Monday afternoon, Morgan photoshopped his head onto Smith’s awards outfit and wrote: “Gender update: I’m now identifying as a complete berk.”

Amusingly, the first response completely ignored the jibe Piers was trying to make, instead focussing on the fact that some believe he has been a berk for some time.

On Monday, Ranvir Singh was branded “disrespectful” after using the wrong pronouns for Smith when discussing the performer’s BRIT awards outfit on ITV Good Morning Britain.

Richard Madeley  did the same thing late last month.

The designer behind Sam’s BRIT Awards outfit appeared on the breakfast show to talk judge Robert Rinder, and Ranvir through it.

The outfit was designed by London-based fashion label Harri, founded by London College of Fashion MA Fashion graduate Harikrishnan Keezhathil Surendran Pillai.

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Harri said: “It was in 2020, I started designing these inflatable trousers, I starting thinking about it from my dog’s point of view… I have a small dog, yes. I was thinking about his point of view and seeing me with a distorted image, from a low angle. Then I started.”

Ranvir branded it “artwork” – but landed herself in hot water when she misgendered the singer.

“Next up on ITV Good Morning Britain today, Harry Styles may have swept the board at the BRIT Awards this weekend but it was Sam Smith who stole the show with this dramatic latex balloon-like bodysuit.

“How did he get in it? Who designed it? And why did he…. they, why did they choose it? We will find out from the designer who designed that costume outfit and the designer is bringing along one of his iconic designs. Rob, you may have to potentially get in it.”

According to reports, after making the gaffe, and a subsequent correction, a co-star or crew member was heard sighing in the background.

The singer is known for their boundary-breaking looks and performances, like last week’s ‘Unholy’ Grammy show.

One GMB viewer asked on Twitter: “@gmb @ranvir didn’t you brief correctly about pronouns to be used with Sam Smith?”

Another added: “Ranvir, it really isn’t hard to use Sam’s preferred and correct pronouns ffs.”

And a third wrote:”Ranvir forgetting to call Sam Smith ‘they’.” Harry wrote: “Disrespectful.”

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