Actor Ewan McGregor and talk host Piers Morgan are exchanging harsh words, and like most things these days, it’s political. In a beef that flared up in a highly public way this week, McGregor refused to do a scheduled interview with Morgan on his U.K. show “Good Morning Britain,” after which Morgan wrote an essay in the British publication The Daily Mail ripping McGregor.
McGregor’s anti-Morgan sentiments were fueled by a previous Daily Mail essay from Morgan — the two essays were published one day apart, Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 — in which Morgan sharply criticized the Women’s Marches held around the world over the weekend. In that piece, Morgan saved some of his harshest words for Madonna.
As we reported previously, Madonna has been taking heat over her appearance at the Women’s March on Washington, where she dropped F-bombs on live TV and quipped about “blowing up the White House.”
In his essay Monday, Morgan took Madonna to task over the comment, writing: “How does threatening to assassinate Donald Trump, and all his White House staff for that matter, play into the narrative of ‘End the hate!’ or ‘Love Trumps hate!’ It doesn’t.”
He added: “In fact, it’s the complete opposite message. One that tells the world’s women the only way to stop a man you don’t agree with is by killing them. In one short, disgraceful sentence, Madonna wrecked the Women’s March because she lifted the lid on the more repellent side of feminism: the vile, crude, man-hating, violent, nasty side.”
McGregor, who had been scheduled to do an interview, backed out when he learned Morgan would be conducting it. McGregor sent out a tweet to his followers, writing: “Was going on Good Morning Britain, didn’t realise @piersmorgan was host. Won’t go on with him after his comments about #WomensMarch.”
By that point, McGregor had become a cause celebre for Morgan, who responded on his Twitter account, writing: “Sorry to hear that @mcgregor_ewan – you should be big enough to allow people different political opinions. You’re just an actor after all.”
Morgan also tweeted: “He’s an actor, not the Dalai bloody Lama.”
In his essay published today, Morgan lit into McGregor even more harshly, writing: “By refusing to be interviewed by me simply because I have a different opinion about a political march, McGregor revealed himself to be a narrow-minded, stupendously self-aggrandising, anti-democratic little twerp. Perhaps everyone who voted Trump or Brexit should now boycott his movies?”