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Piers Morgan: GMB host hits back in row over disabled actors 'Stop twisting my words'

Piers Morgan, 55, originally tweeted that disabled roles can be played by non-disabled actors, as he blasted “woke nonsense” in response to an article on the subject matter from The Telegraph.The GMB host claimed that the taboo nature of “cripping up” (which refers to able bodied performers playing a character who is disabled) needs to end.

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Piers typed: “All acting is bl**dy acting. This woke nonsense has to stop before it destroys everything.”

Disabled writer Henry Fraser replied: “Tweets like this do help the disabled community at all, if anything it works against everything disabled people have worked hard for, and campaigned towards, fair and equal representation.” (sic)

Not one to back away from being challenged, Piers responded that the author was “twisting his words”

He fired back: “I respect you Henry, but stop twisting my words. 

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Piers Morgan, 55, originally tweeted that disabled roles can be played by non disabled actors, (Image: GETTY)

Not one to back away from being challenged, Piers responded that the author was “twisting his words” (Image: Piers Morgan Twitter)

“I support exactly what you suggest I oppose.

“I just don’t believe all disabled roles should be played by disabled actors. 

“You do a disservice to an important debate by mischaracterising what I believe,” he added.

Fans quickly weighed in on the debate between the pair.

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The argument began after actress Sally Phillips said that “cripping up” is just as offensive as “blackface” (Image: GETTY)

It comes as Piers returned to Good Morning Britain today, after enjoying a well-deserved summer break (Image: GETTY)

One wrote: “For instance, who would play Dustin Hoffman’s role in Rain Man? Arguably some of the greatest acting in history that may be lost if not played by an actor of his quality.”

Another replied: “Exactly, where will this stop? Should Olivia Coleman, a brown-eyed woman, have been allowed to play the Queen in The Crown? Surely that was an insult to blue-eyed actors who could have played the role?”

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However a third responded: “Piers, you are aware that barely any disabled roles are played by disabled actors, right? And actors win Oscars because they can play disability ‘convincingly’?  The playing field is nowhere near level now. How many well known disabled actors can you name?”

The argument began after actress Sally Phillips said that “cripping up” is just as offensive as “blackface”.

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She told the Sunday Times that there is “basically no representation of people with disabilities,” within television. 

Sally said: “Cripping up is just as unacceptable as blackface. People think a disabled actor isn’t acting if they’re playing a disabled character. 

“But that’s like saying Idris Elba isn’t acting when he plays Nelson Mandela. Lack of integration has massive effects. 

“You shouldn’t be stopped from working in TV because you literally can’t get in the building.” 

Actors who have been accused of “cripping up” in the past include Bradley Cooper in his West End portrayal of the Elephant Man and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory Of Everything.

It comes as Piers returned to Good Morning Britain today, after enjoying a well-deserved summer break.

Yesterday he warned trolls he would ban them from watching the show if they carried out a boycott due to his re-appearance.

Piers tweeted: “Memo to all trolls telling me they will not watch @GMB when I return tomorrow: if you carry out your threat, you’re banned from ever watching @GMB again. Final warning.”

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