Piers Morgan blasts 'virtue-signalling' celeb calls to CUT police after George Floyd death

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Following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on May 25, many other videos of police brutality have emerged on media platforms. This has since sparked renewed support for the Defund the Police campaign.

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This, surely, is celebrity virtue-signalling at its most laughably hypocritical?

Piers Morgan

Supporters of the campaign include the likes of Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, Lizzo and John Legend.

The campaign calls for the US Government to reduce police budgets and reallocate those funds to crucial areas such as education, housing, mental health and youth services.

The movement has featured in protests across America in recent weeks and has also been echoed in the UK.

Natalie took to her Instagram page to share a lengthy statement about why she is backing the campaign earlier this week.

At first, she said when she first discovered the campaign she “felt fear” as she said the police always made her feel safe.

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Piers Morgan blasts 'virtue-signalling' celeb calls to CUT police after George Floyd death

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Piers Morgan has blasted celebrity hypocrites for backing the Defund the Police campaign (Image: ITV•GETTY)

Piers Morgan blasts 'virtue-signalling' celeb calls to CUT police after George Floyd death

Natalie Portman is one of many celebrities backing the Defund the Police campaign (Image: GETTY)

She went on to say: “I am grateful to the leaders in the @mvmnt4blklives who have made us question the status quo.

“And who have made us imagine, what a world could be like in which we invested in nourishing people; (in their education, healthcare, environment, shelter)— rather than putting all of our money into punishment.”

Natalie’s statement was backed by the likes of Olivia Wilder and Ellen Pompeo.

Piers Morgan has since said he doesn’t agree with the star as he blasted wealthy celebrities as “hypocrites”.

Piers Morgan blasts 'virtue-signalling' celeb calls to CUT police after George Floyd death

Protests have taken place in the USA and the UK following the death of George Floyd (Image: GETTY)

Piers Morgan blasts 'virtue-signalling' celeb calls to CUT police after George Floyd death

Piers Morgan said ‘the police must be dramatically, institutionally reformed’ (Image: GETTY)

In his column with the Daily Mail online, the Good Morning Britain host revealed why he doesn’t back the campaign.

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“I’m afraid my gut had a rather different reaction when I read Ms Portman’s clarion cry to defund the police,” he wrote.

“This, surely, is celebrity virtue-signalling at its most laughably hypocritical? All these stars live in secure protected homes.

“Most of them employ expensive bodyguards or even full security details.

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“It’s very easy for them to sit safely in their mansions and tell those who can’t afford such luxuries that they’ll be just fine without the police around. But the truth is they won’t.”

Piers went on to highlight that he is disgusted by what happened to George Floyd and other victims, but believes “getting rid of the police altogether is frankly a batsh*t crazy idea”.

He added: “I share the disgust at what happened to George Floyd, it was the single worst example of police brutality I’ve ever seen, and it demands real action now gets taken, not just yet more predictable exclamations of temporary horror.

“I also think the police must be dramatically, institutionally reformed.”

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George died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis.

He has since been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter.

Three other officers involved in the incident have also been charged.

George’s funeral was attended by family and friends yesterday. He was laid to rest in a cemetery in Pearland next to his mother.


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