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CNN's Piers Morgan Should Apologize for Beyonce Interview

Morgan asked Beyonce about her "booty" during a recent interview. How can a major news network allow their standards to drop so low?

I don’t normally watch Piers Morgan on CNN, but he was advertising a Monday night interview with Beyoncé, who is back on the scene after taking a year off to rest.

But during the interview, I was flabbergasted when this moron asked her a question about her “booty”! 

I think TV viewers should rise up and make some righteous noise against this kind of “journalism.” But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let me backtrack.

I remember the first time that I saw Beyoncé live on stage, during a performance at a convention in Las Vegas. Destiny’s Child was the opening act for Smokey Robinson, and I have to admit that I was only going to see my man Smokey. 

But those three young ladies exploded on the stage with a combination of energy, talent and beauty that was incredible. They performed like old school entertainers; you know, people who can actually sing.

She made a believer out of me, because she couldn’t fake that kind of talent, sincerity and graciousness during a live show. I was proud of her skills as a young entertainer and I could only imagine the joy she brought her parents.

Since then, Beyonce has won 16 Grammys, started an acting career and launched a successful fashion line. All of this, at the ripe old age of 29.

During this well-advertised interview, Piers Morgan continued to interrupt her as she patiently answered questions. It was like he thought everyone was tuning in to listen to him ask questions, instead of her answers.  

Some of his queries were interesting, but most were self-serving and just plain dumb.  

For instance he even goaded her into saying that one of the best moments of her life was happening at that moment, as she was being interviewed by him. Huh!? Then he decided to see just how low he could go as they took a special ride in a limo, on their way to a store in London, to buy her latest CD.

“Tell me Beyoncé, how would you compare your “booty” to J-Lo’s (Jennifer Lopez).”

To Beyonce’s credit she was classy as she artfully dodged the question.

“You’re so crazy”, she said with a smile. “I love J-Lo and I’m not going to compare myself to her. She’s great”!

“But who’s got the best “booty”? He pressed again, while his crew showed a picture of Jennifer Lopez, focusing on her derriere.

“I’m not doing that, I don’t know… okay she does”, said Beyoncé as she laughed and looked out the window.

What was the point of that question? I don’t see racism under every rock, but at the very least it was sexism. Yet I wonder, if this white man would have asked Lady Gaga to compare her breasts to Madonna’s?

Did he feel he could ask this outrageous question of Beyoncé because she’s a young black woman? I couldn’t help but have a flashback to a time when black women on plantations were at the sexual whim of every white man within close radius.

How could any CNN supervisor approve a line of questioning that is so disrespectful to a major star?

This isn't the kind of programming that we can allow to creep into the offerings of a “respected” news network. If we allow Piers Morgan to get away with this, we allow the bar to fall too low. If he can ask a question like that of a 16 time Grammy award winner and successful businesswoman, what would he say to your daughter?

Beyoncé remained a class act throughout the program and wouldn’t allow her reputation to be muddied by a jerk who‘s trying to make a name for himself and boost the ratings for his pathetic little show.

We need to call in and write-in to demand that they pull the plug on his show—unless he apologizes and admits he was wrong and that what he did will never be acceptable!

If we don’t stand up and demand respect for black women, who will?

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Patsy Montano September 07, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Ray, Being in the industry, you should know, that industry insiders have all kinds of secrets to temporarily enhance a persons physical attributes (i.e. lace wigs which have a natural hairline, chicken cutlets for breasts, pads/fat injections for the booty, makeup to make your nose look thinner, glue to make your ears stick out less, etc). And none of that includes the magic of Adobe Photoshop. Maybe Morgan was trying to be cute in the comparison but it was tasteless. The real reason she could not answer the question, is because her butt is flat, and NO WOMAN in the entertainment industry, no matter how famous is going to put her "cheats" out there. To answer that would be like a woman with an A-cup who uses chicken cutlets to enhance her size trying to say she has a better chest than Salma Hayek. I suppose.....you could go there, but doing that would expose that you're actually an A-cup. One thing J.Lo and Bey do have in common is a love for lace wigs. In fact its rare if ever you'll see them with their natural hair. On the subject of booty enhancement Beyonce is NOT the only offender Nicki Minaj, Kim Karadashian, Janet Jackson and many white actresses and singers have been known to use removable silicone pads and fat injections. While agree with you that Morgan was out of line to ask, your assumptions as to why Bey refused to answer are somewhat misplaced. She is an entertainer after all.
Ray Metoyer September 07, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Patsy, Thanks for your response and your opinion. I don't keep wanting to repeat myself on what I object to; plus this blog is from July. The questions and his approach were inappropriate and disrespectful to women. Since his failed Beyonce interview, another woman, Christine O'Donnell walked off the set because of his line of questioning: http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/08/18/christine-odonnell-piers-morgan/ CNN is a respected news network and I would venture to say no other CNN host would ask such a dumb series of questions. His actions were tasteless and indefensible and Beyonce had no obligation to respond to those kinds of questions. Meanwhile, based on his ratings, Beyonce will be singing, acting and entertaining a lot longer than he'll be asking dumb questions on CNN!
Neil Stapley September 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Ray Piers Morgan is moron why CNN gave him a job in the first place is beyond anyones guess, but saying that would you have created this blog if he had asked that question to J-Lo first.
Ray Metoyer September 22, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Neil-- I'm not sure that I understand your question and we've all moved on from this. I was offended at his line of questioning because I thought it was disrespectful and tasteless. I would react the same way if he had asked the question of any woman in the same way.
James Metoyer February 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Well all i can say is that i am disappointed that a metoyer went on a rant like this it was not professional at all please do not argue with people over less important issues like this it seems to me if you want things to change be in charge of cnn or the media which is really liquidated down to four major companies all of this hooraw isnt solving anything

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