Piers Morgan has been causing an online stir once again with a recent tweet regarding female firefighters, which has received backlash from the Fire Brigades Union.
The controversial Good Morning Britain presenter took to Twitter to express his views over some concerns regarding the lack of female representation on popular children’s television show Fireman Sam.
Female representation in Fireman Sam
Morgan’s tweet from Monday 18 March read, “If women are being ‘put off’ joining the fire service because Fireman Sam – A CARTOON CHARACTER – supposedly ‘perpetuates male stereotypes’ then can I politely suggest these women probably don’t have what it takes to fight fires.”
If women are being 'put off' joining the fire service because Fireman Sam – A CARTOON CHARACTER – supposedly 'perpetuates male stereotypes' then can I politely suggest these women probably don't have what it takes to fight fires. pic.twitter.com/YEZXZtDQ0J
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 18, 2019
However, his controversial comment didn’t go unnoticed by fellow Twitter users and the Fire Brigades Union.
Fire Brigades Union respond
The Fire Brigades Union (a trade union in the UK for Firefighters) took to Twitter to respond to Morgan’s comments, saying, “Ensuring firefighting is an attractive career for women is crucial to making our services representative of their communities. Like it or not, popular culture has a role to play in that.
“One thing is for sure – @piersmorgan will never have what it takes to be firefighter .”
Ensuring firefighting is an attractive career for women is crucial to making our services representative of their communities. Like it or not, popular culture has a role to play in that.
— Fire Brigades Union (@fbunational) March 18, 2019
Social media reaction
Other social media users also expressed their views on Twitter about Morgan’s comments.
Dear @piersmorgan, my colleagues make really good & valid points about this important issue for the FRS. I’d like to invite you to Scotland to discuss your views with the men & women of @fire_scot who make a real difference to their communities & see how much this means to them.
— Martin Blunden (@FireScot_Chief) March 19, 2019
@piersmorgan You really are missing the point. It's about young girls and boys having an awareness that it's a career open to women. All job titles in this day and age should be gender neutral. Not just firefighter, It's that simple.
— HJ (@HJ_FITT) March 18, 2019