Things got tense during a race debate on this morning’s Good Morning Britain.
GMB hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid we’re forced to step in when ‘offensive language’ was used by guest Munroe Bergdorf, alongside Ed Adoo, during a discussion on people – like footballer Antoine Greizmann – using ‘blackface’.
Bergdorf, an outspoken, articulate woman on issues such as racist constructs in a white-dominated society and being a woman of colour in the LGBT community, spoke about the use of the n-word by saying the word, much to the shock of hosts Morgan, Reid, and Adoo.
Can I chip in here? I can’t say n****r and I’m going to say it. I’m going to say it because at the end of the day…’
Adoo wasn’t impressed by her language, as he suggested: ‘You’ve said it so many times. It’s breakfast TV, I don’t think that’s right.’
Morgan himself butted in to shut down her rhetoric, by saying:
‘Munroe, we would like you to stop using the word,’ before giving his opinion that no one, no matter their skin colour, should use that word.
Earlier, Bergdorf had used the n-word in the context of describing the abuse she’s suffered first-hand.
‘This reaction of me using the n-word is seen as more violent than the fact we are actually called this,’ she claimed.
‘This is a visual representation [showing blackface]. It’s highly racist.
I was called a n****r, a black bitch, a tranny with these people, and Twitter allowed these comments to go out there.’
Bergdorf was controversially dropped by L’Oreal after branding all white people racist due to them not speaking up and therefore being complicit. The decision divided people, with some outraged over the notion to fire her, but others similarly angered by her suggestion that all white people were racists.