Updated: Jun 11
Let's get to the point. On the 8th March 2021, Piers Morgan, former presenter on Good Morning Britain, released a series of tweets coming to the Royal Family's defence while simultaneously slamming Harry and Meghan over their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
One of Piers's tweet said, "This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the Royal Family. I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle - but for Harry to let her take down his family and the monarchy is shameful #OprahMeghanHarry."
Later on Good Morning Britain, he continued his rant and the next morning he walked off the set after having an argument about the topic with his co-star, Alex Beresford.
After these two events occurred, social media and Ofcom exploded with complaints and criticism over Morgan's recent behaviour. And later that day, Morgan announced his resignation from Good Morning Britain while defending his comments.
The comments towards this have been highly polarizing with many defending Piers and 'free speech and opinion' while blaming 'cancel culture' for his exit. For those who do not know the informal definition of 'cancel culture' is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is thrust out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person. On the other side of the spectrum, others continue to bash Morgan over his comments branding him as a 'racist' and bathing in the joy of his termination.
I personally do not have a definite opinion on Morgan's comments. I neither think his comments were ok neither do I think they were racist. But the real issue is what the comments and him quitting has caused. Another huge divide in the political views of Britain. We've had North and South. We've had Leave and Remain. But now we have conservative vs liberal. Some believe cancel culture has gone too far. I disagree and agree. Liberals and I disagree that cancel culture has gone too far because we believe if we expose more of the people poisoning our society, we could show real growth as a interconnected society. Conservatives and I agree that cancel culture could go too far if we let it. The more accusations begin quickly derail careers the more we could fall back into the patterns of McCarthyism in the 1950s and the witch trials of the 1600s.
However, despite all of this there is also the problem of extreme conservatism. The more we continue deny the even idea of being able to control our opinions to make them not defamatory the more this could even deny moving forward as a society. This denial could develop into ignorance. And no-one wants that... Hopefully.
So how does this affect our views on political correctness. Answer. It should change them. Political correctness has garnered a reputation for censoring opinions unnecessarily and therefore hindering free speech, but really all we need is for it to get back to its original meaning. Political correctness is a term used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. Does this really seem so bad?
So to all the people that stand by Meghan and Harry, stand by Piers or just don't know who to trust, we need to look past the cracked surface of conservatism vs liberalism and into the real issue of how our society really operates and what direction we want it to go into.