Piers Morgan has stirred controversy again after criticizing Ariana Grande for flying home to the U.S. instead of staying in the U.K. to visit the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Monday (May 22), Express UK reports.
On May 22, Grande, 23, tweeted that she’s feeling “broken” in the wake of the Manchester tragedy, adding “from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.” The terror attack which took place at the Ariana Grande show at Manchester Arena was carried out by a suicide bomber, leaving 22 dead and dozens injured, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
A huge number of people expressed their sympathies and support to Ariana Grande, reminding her that the Manchester terror attack wasn’t her fault and that she’s got nothing to be sorry about.
Piers Morgan, however, feels differently, as he tweeted that the Dangerous Woman hitmaker “should have stayed to visit her injured fans.”
It all started when Morgan cited Katy Perry’s tweet which read as “God bless the Queen and her kind heart,” in which he wrote: “Agreed. Might have been nice if Ariana Grande had stayed to do the same.”
Backlash soon ensued, with one Twitter user saying “She’s probably traumatized herself you f**king idiot!” to which he replied: “Probably not as much as those killed & wounded. She should have stayed to visit her injured fans.”
Probably not as much as those killed & wounded. She should have stayed to visit her injured fans. https://t.co/a5cxXybobF— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 25, 2017
A Twitter user who goes by the name @boycottfunerals suggested that Piers Morgan’s criticism of Ariana Grande was pure hypocrisy, asking what he would have done if he were in her shoes.
“I can 100% guarantee you I would stay & visit those who had been killed or wounded watching me perform,” Morgan hit back.
Piers Morgan responded to more tweets, writing “if the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see.”
“It struck me as odd that the Queen would visit the wounded fans and not the star who they had paid to watch,” he continued.
I can 100% guarantee you I would stay & visit those who had been killed or wounded watching me perform. https://t.co/GWTlG7jN48— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 25, 2017
If the Queen can visit the victims in hospital, so can the star they paid to see. https://t.co/PhYo3sMbb7— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 25, 2017
I expected her to stay, visit & comfort her wounded fans & relatives of those who died. https://t.co/We5yVgG7gw— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 25, 2017
Because it struck me as odd that the Queen would visit the wounded fans & not the star who they had paid to watch. https://t.co/Hiu5ODwSEq— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 25, 2017
For all his bravado in the face of backlash, Piers Morgan is only one person, as more and more social media users slammed the controversial British journalist for his “appalling” tweet against Grande.
“Even for you Piers, this is appalling. That poor girl will be going through hell knowing 22 of her fans/ their loved ones died. Disgusting,” one user said.
“How are you going to have a go at a young woman? She’s most likely traumatized and you’re having a pop, got to live with this for the rest of her life. Even by your dubious standards this is low,” said another.
Despite Piers Morgan’s harsh words, Ariana Grande has been receiving a lot of love and support from people all over the world. The most notable of them came from American film producer Paul Millsaps, who responded to the “Bang Bang” singer’s “broken” tweet by penning an emotional open letter telling her that she doesn’t have “a dadgum thing to apologize for.”
Referring to himself as a “fat dude in Georgia who loves his daughters,” Millsaps, 44, advised Grande to “take care of you first.”
“After reading a tweet you posted on Twitter the other night, I’m afraid I need to set you straight girl,” he wrote. “So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.”
“You see, you are no more responsible for the actions of an insane coward who committed an evil act in your proximity than you would be for a devastating natural disaster or acts of morons near your hotel. Your text was some stinkin’ thinkin’ in that regard.”
“When and only when you are ready, on behalf of all dads who love your…um…whose daughters’ love your music, SING AGAIN.”
Ariana Grande has suspended her European tour dates in the wake of the Manchester suicide bombing.
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