We tend towards the impartial, balanced side of things here at VeganFriendly.org.uk, serving up information about veganism as opposed to trying to proselytise and preach. But when it comes to Piers Morgan, we are willing to go out on a limb and say the guy’s a wrong ‘un!
He has the odd sensible view, for example, on gun control in the USA. On top of that we did once meet a friend of his son who said he was actually very nice and largely misunderstood (although this kid was also called Piers so alarm bells were ringing). But that aside, we believe our opinions on him would very likely be shared by many people: the man is a cretin.
We are going to leave to one side all the ridiculous things he has said about just about any topic you care to mention and stick to his vegan rants. Just what does old Piers have against people who don’t want to eat dead animals? Does he secretly have a lot of shares in Cows & Pigs Ltd? Is he allergic to vegetables? Is he being blackmailed by the chicken mafia for some incriminating pictures they have of him having fun with some cockerels? Just what is the man’s issue with what other people decide to eat, wear and use? Let’s find out. Here are his craziest and (admittedly occasionally) amusing vegan rants and gripes.
Piers Morgan on Vegan Sausage Rolls
We’d like to thank the academy, our agents, everyone who believed in us, and all our new Vegan friends. Proud to be named Launch Of The Year at the @PETAUK Vegan Food Awards pic.twitter.com/W2egm4e7ik
— Greggs (@GreggsOfficial) 1 October 2019
As you probably know, everyone’s favourite bakery, Greggs, launched their vegan sausage rolls in 2019 and it caused quite a stir. The story attracted more column inches than the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar. The Rohingya are quite probably the world’s most persecuted people. The vegan sausage roll is a snack. The world is very strange.
For some reason, old motor-mouth decided his two cents about the snack product was worth sharing with the world. Greggs announced on Twitter that the wait for the vegan sausage roll was over, to which Morgan replied, “Nobody was waiting for a vegan bloody sausage, you PC-ravaged clowns”. Charming.
Actually, quite a lot of sausage roll-loving vegans were waiting for Greggs’ Quorn-based delight. Following the product’s release, their sales topped £1bn for the first time and the vegan sausage roll and associated publicity is largely credited with the growth, as well as helping their share price almost double
Morgan, who also Tweeted, “Just ordered a large sausage roll on room service. A meat one. Real meat. The vegan resistance starts here,” no doubt actually helped Greggs and the vegan sausage roll by helping fan the flames of publicity and attract even more attention.
The Newcastle-based bakery’s social team were quick with their perfectly judged response to the Good Morning Britain co-host and it won them plenty of fans. “Oh hello Piers, we’ve been expecting you.” Without resorting to any of the nastiness or spite the former Daily Mirror editor loves so much, Greggs quietly owned him and turned the argument – and the public – their way.
Not one to graciously admit defeat or even acknowledge a neat response, Morgan then rather bizarrely replied, “Isn’t it time you changed your name to something more gender-fluid & less toxically masculine?” Yes, Piers, very funny and totally relevant to the debate!
He did at least give the product a try though, as you can see in the video below, even if he did pull the same face a small child makes when you encourage them to try sprouts at Christmas!
Piers Morgan Bullies PETA Boss
For whatever reason (maybe he was bullied by a sunflower as a child?!), Morgan really doesn’t like vegans. But for a man who supposedly hates them so much he generates an awful lot of publicity for the cause. There have been many segments on his Good Morning Britain concerning veganism and on one, “Veganism: Healthy or Health Fad”, he verbally attacked Elisa Allen, PETA’s UK Director.
He loudly ranted at Allen, saying, “You are eating stuff that is caused by exterminating millions of insects. Do you drink almond milk? You know that literally billions of bees get killed to make almond milk?” He largely ignored her response and continued “Care about the bees or not? You work for PETA, so do you care about them or not? Why would you encourage the slaughter of billions of bees? It’s hypocritical.” What a moron.
Another Morgan Rant: Vegans Are “Terrorizing Old Women”
Following a small, peaceful protest in a Waitrose store in Brighton, where around 20 vegans held placards near the supermarket’s meat products, Big Mouth himself called Brighton the “home of mad vegans”. He continued that the protesters were “terrorizing old women” and suggested that the protesters should come and visit him, saying, “You want to protest, come to my house with your little placards and start screaming at me and see how long you get on before I bring meat into the game. I am ready for you.” He is really quite a strange one. Into what game did he want to bring his meat, and what was he going to use it for? No one really knows.
Piers Attacks Gordon Ramsay’s Vegan Food
Piers Mogan’s rather unsavoury views are so extreme that he somehow manages to put Gordon Ramsay in the vegan corner. Ramsay has much in common with Morgan and they have certainly had a spat or three over the years but Ramsay, not one to shy away from a fight, wasn’t going to take it lying down.
Ramsay himself has previously been critical of vegans but has now introduced vegan options, including a Sunday roast, into his restaurants. He Tweeted (obviously the only rants and spats that ever happen take place here): “Oh FFS, Ramsay… not you as well? This looks utterly revolting.”
Ramsay replied more in Morgan’s own terms, as opposed to the subtler approach taken by Greggs, saying on The Late Late Show with James Corden, “So Piers Morgan is now a food critic?! Go and f*** yourself! Seriously?! Really?!” It was a different tactic to that used by our favourite Geordie bakers but equally effective! And, even more amusing.
When Morgan Ranted About Percy Pig Sweets
Once more using his television programme as a platform to take a swipe at the vegan world, this time it was M&S and their popular Percy Pig sweets that attracted PM’s ire. Morgan made a nonsensical argument that because the sweets were called “Percy Pig”, it was an outrage if they didn’t actually contain pig meat or products. Hmm, strange one that, Piers. Do your logical fallacies know no bounds?
Whilst most vegans and indeed vegetarians will be aware that gelatine is used in many products, there are indeed lots of strange non-vegan additives that people may not be familiar with.
Morgan seemed deeply upset that M&S had removed the gelatine from the sweets, despite saying he had never eaten them in his life. Like a madman shouting at the wind, he opined that vegans should eat “Kale niceys” and leave “our pig sweets alone, you people”. Is there a (psychiatric) doctor in the house?
We really don’t like seeing his mug on screen or providing him with publicity but if you really feel the urge to see his Percy Pig rant, here you go:
Piers Picks the Wrong Vegan to Fight
The latest of Morgan’s random vegan attacks took place in September 2019 when he took vegan strongman, Patrik Baboumian, to task. There are lots of vegan bodybuilders out there and Baboumian was crowned Germany’s strongest man in 2011.
Morgan suggested that he must have got his strength from his 20+ years eating meat, ignoring the fact that there are loads of world class vegan sports stars out there. The German replied, “You can’t really say that. The thing is, your body needs protein, right, so if you stop eating protein you’re going to crumble. So if there was anything in meat my body needs, it’s been more than a decade since I ate meat for the last time.”
We have stated many times that there are more than enough great vegan ways to get protein and it seems Baboumian agrees. As old Piers continued his nonsense the strongman lifted four people clean off the ground before asking, “Are you convinced now?!” But Morgan seemingly won’t be convinced of anything unless is spews out of his own mouth.