Piers Morgan Chats With Duke Porn Star

Unfortunately for Piers Morgan, his show is making more headlines since it was announced that CNN was cancelling Piers’ talk show, than while it was on the air. Many critics have opined that Morgan, a Brit, did not relate to his American audience, and that his crusade against handguns turned off many potential viewers. Well, that is behind Morgan now, and he is actually putting out some strong shows as he heads out the door.

Morgan’s latest guest was Duke University freshman, 18-year-old Miriam Weeks, aka Belle Knox. The Duke student is enjoying her “15 minutes of fame” due to the fact that she attends an elite university and decided to take on the after school job of stripper / budding porn actress. Piers Morgan, who is not modest about his interviewing skills – Piers honestly believes that he is the best interviewer in the business – wondered why a girl who seemingly had it all would turn to stripping. Based on that angle, Piers and Belle had a chat.

Initially, Piers couldn’t understand why Weeks wouldn’t have expected her school to make a big deal out of her part time gig. When Miriam started making porn films, she attempted to conceal the details of her life – such as where she went to school – just as most other people would do in her situation. However, inevitably people recognized her, and she began getting harassed online and in person by those who had figured out her true identity.

In response to Morgan’s inquiry, Weeks basically blamed the media circus on society in general, claiming that we live in a male-driven society that places constraints on what a woman can and cannot do.

“We’re really caught in this catch-22: if I was a girl who was doing porn and I was not going to school, he would’ve said to me, ‘You’re doing nothing with your life, you have no future plans.’ I’m in school, I’m getting my education, I’m doing things with my life, and I’m getting criticized too. There’s really no way for women to win in this patriarchal society.

Not a bad response from the Duke co-ed, who still plans on attending law school. She claims to make between $1500 and $2000 per adult film shoot. The tuition at Duke is in excess of $50,000 per school year. Belle Knox also made her stripping debut at a Manhattan gentleman’s club on Tuesday night.

The Piers Morgan Show wasn’t the only media outlet Weeks hit recently. She was treated a bit more sympathetically when she gabbed with the ladies of the View. While Whoopi said she understood how Weeks felt, Sherri Shepherd said that Miriam’s situation “breaks her heart.” To which Belle offered that Shepherd’s comment was “incredibly condescending and completely ignored my sexual autonomy.”

Do you agree with Piers Morgan – should Miriam Weeks have realized that resorting to porn to pay her tuition would become national news fodder? And, is Miriam really doing anything that deserves this kind of publicity from Morgan or the View? Let us know with your comments.

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