TV presenter Piers Morgan is facing a furious backlash after questioning James Bond star Daniel Craig’s masculinity for wearing a baby carrier.
The Good Morning Britain host posted the mocking comments on Twitter along with an image showing Craig carrying his month-old daughter on his front “in what is often known as a papoose”, reports the BBC.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018
Captain America actor Chris Evans was quick to defend Craig, who is married to fellow actor Rachel Weisz.
You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child. Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside. Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 16, 2018
Other fathers also lined up to stick it to the former Daily Mirror editor and share photos of themselves proudly wearing their baby carriers.
I also cook, clean, do laundry, tuck the kids in, wash them, readnto them, do homework with them, hold them when they are sad and laugh with them when they joke. I%u2019m not as much of a looker as Daniel Craig, but I%u2019m happy i%u2019m in good company pic.twitter.com/jH7q9A71dw
— Jonathan Whitney%u2122 (@digitalArtvark) October 15, 2018
Piers Morgan doesn%u2019t think real men wear babies. He%u2019s right. Real men wear two babies. pic.twitter.com/FHbZZJz0Pp
— Robert Perry is often called Pez (@pez_sez) October 16, 2018
Some also pointed out that Craig appeared more ready for his next Bond outing than Morgan had suggested.
If Piers Morgan calling Daniel Craig less-than-manly wasn't already the most ironic thing ever, he used a picture where Craig looks like he just climbed a mountain to save that baby and ran back down, narrowly escaping an avalanche.
— Matt Braunger (@Braunger) October 15, 2018
Others noted that the papoose issue is hardly the most pressing of concerns facing the world.
Piers Morgan, who constantly calls people snowflakes and says that people are too offended nowadays, has been tweeting through the night because he's angry that men hold their children
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) October 16, 2018
Disgusted to learn that James Bond a) is fictitious and b) doesn't even transport his infant child by extraordinary rendition. https://t.co/sXGb1gypmg
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) October 15, 2018
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) October 15, 2018
But Morgan, who has four children, refused to back down on his claims that papooses are “ridiculous instruments of emasculation”.
The outspoken journalist defended his opinion on the social media platform and even called on US President Donald Trump to share his thoughts on the baby carrier, writing: “Everyone else seems to be getting very worked up about them. I don’t really have you down as a papoose kinda guy, but then you’re full of surprises.”
Uncharacteristically, Trump did not respond.