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Ms Osaka had decided she was going to give the media round a miss during the French Open. As the BBC has reported, “she would not do news conferences at Roland Garros to protect her mental health”. Morgan wasn’t having that, taking to Mail Online to sneer “Narcissistic Naomi's cynical exploitation of mental health to silence the media is right from the Meghan and Harry playbook of wanting their press cake and eating it”.
Here, he told that Ms Osaka “is a brilliant tennis player. The big-serving Japanese star is the first Asian woman to become No1 in the world rankings and has won four Grand Slam singles titles”. But, and this is a big but, “Ms Osaka is also an arrogant spoiled brat whose fame and fortune appears to have inflated her ego to gigantic proportions … How else to explain her extraordinary decision to announce she will no longer participate in media press conferences, supposedly to protect her mental health?” There was more.
“Petulant Osaka was fined $15,000 for refusing to appear in front of the media during the current French Open … given that she earns around $6,000 an hour, Osaka will recoup this fine while she sleeps tonight, rendering the fine utterly meaningless … What's not meaningless is her frankly contemptible attempt to avoid legitimate media scrutiny by weaponizing mental health to justify her boycott”. Et Cetera. Et Cetera. Et Cetera.
But then, very soon after Morgan’s rantfest had gone live, Ms Osaka withdrew from the French Open. “She had ‘suffered long bouts of depression’ since winning her first Grand Slam title in 2018”. She added “I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world's media”. So now she’s taking some time out.
Having seen the reality of the situation, what would a sensible person have done? What would Nietzsche have done? “Pulled the Mail Online column and said sorry” might have been the sensible response. Not Morgan. The column stayed up and he doubled down. Mental health behind her withdrawal? “No, she’s withdrawn because of the backlash to her attack on the tennis media for doing their job”. She’s in a dark place, Moron.
But by now, he was on to sneering dismissively: “This criticism is damaging to my mental health. Delete”. And sneering at the W-Word: “Are high-profile women of colour exempt from criticism regardless of their conduct? Sorry, I must have missed that woke memo!”
Double standards, much? This is the same person sneering at someone for not taking criticism, when he flounced off the set when someone criticised him? And the someone was a person of colour who has had to endure a torrent of racist abuse as a result, not helped when he told the Murdoch Sun that if he was able to pick his Breakfast TV “dream team”, then “a certain weatherman definitely wouldn’t be around”.
With Piers Morgan, it keeps on coming up people who are not white getting it in the neck where mental health issues are raised. That’s a most unfortunate coincidence.
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