A naked anti-Brexit campaigner was welcomed to the Good Morning Britain studios today (February 12), shocking viewers at home but absolutely not Richard Madeley.
Dr Victoria Bateman, an academic at Cambridge University, stunned the morning television programme when she appeared in the buff to make the point that "Brexit leaves Britain naked", arguing that Brexiteers' promises to citizens are the metaphorical equivalent of the Emperor's New Clothes.
Meet Dr Victoria Bateman: Cambridge academic and naked Brexit protester.- Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 12, 2019
She wants to 'expose' the truth about Brexit, arguing it's 'the emperor's new clothes'. pic.twitter.com/SwnFEvGzLs
Of her nakedness, she said: "There's a power in going beyond words... so I thought what I would do is condense down all of those thousands of words into a single, simple message that Brexit leaves Britain naked."
Bateman had previously made headlines when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to debate Brexit in the nude, and GMB fans were certainly taken aback.
Here's how they reacted:
Didn’t expect to see a naked woman on tv when I woke up this morning #goodmorningbritain- Holly (@HolLangtree) February 12, 2019
Please tell me there is nothing wrong with me just turned the tv on there's "Richard Madeley" talking to a naked lady I hope im awake or my dreams are so fkd up #goodmorningbritain- GeordieIrishRover (@HarryPain9) February 12, 2019
Someone who wasn't as startled by her nudity, however, was Richard Madeley.
Filling in for Piers Morgan, the presenter was quick to reiterate that he 'wasn't shocked' by the guest's nudity, and that he didn't find it "rude" but instead "unusual".
He said: "As the only male presenter here, I have to say that I don't find it at all shocking. It's unusual, a bit strange, but it's not shocking or rude."
Nonetheless, his co-host Kate Garraway disagreed.
"I think it is a little bit shocking," she added. "We don't see naked people who aren't our children or family members very often, do we?"
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV.
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