Piers Morgan Misgenders Sam Smith; Attributes Changes to Brit Awards to Them

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Sam Smith, who came out as nonbinary earlier this year, has received mostly supportive social media feedback on their announcement. One high profile critic, however, was Piers Morgan, who, on "Good Morning Britain," mocked the singer's identification in light of a report suggesting that the Brit Awards may axe gendered award categories.

An unnamed music industry source told The Sun: "Bosses are listening to changes happening in the industry. The categories will evolve in the coming years. The male and female categories will still be in place next February but changes are being planned for the following year. Organisers will be consulting labels and artists alike to work out what is best for the future of the Brits ceremony."

In a segment riddled with sarcasm, Morgan, who seemed to connect the report to Smith's announcement, said:

"I think it's great that such time honored awards should be just wrecked like this because one guy decides he can't decide if he's male of female. They wanna accomodate nonbinary performers like Sam Smith. Which category will he now enter? He won't have to. Now he'll enter the nonbinary categories."

"I'll tell you what will happen," Morgan continued. "This will be like women's sport being decimated. It'll be the women that suffer eventually. I suspect what will happen is male singers and performers will end up winning a few more of the awards than the women. The whole point of having the gender categories is to make it fair; now we're gonna go the other way and not make it fair or equal, and that apparently is progress. I think it's a load of nonsense. The idea that you have to change entire award categories because one guy decides one day to wake up and say I'm nonbinary, it's nonsense."

Morgan repeatedly used the male gender pronouns Smith has requested people not use. The singer announced on social media that they would go by "they/them" pronouns.

"Today is a good day so here goes," the singer wrote. "I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out," Smith wrote. "I'm so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you."

Two LGBT news sources LGBTQ Nation and Out.com have reported no evidence that the Brit Awards attribute the proposed change to Smith's announcement.

Smith's only response to the Morgan segment was to post a photo of them sipping wine shirtless on Instagram with a simple "wave" emoji, possibly a reference to making waves in the media.

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