It seems Piers Morgan needs to woman up after getting a brief taste of the pain of childbirth live on Good Morning Britain, and very quickly pulling the plug on the experiment.
The GMB host had not previously been convinced about how difficult and painful labour really is, so he volunteered to be hooked up to an electronic childbirth simulator on the ITV breakfast show on Wednesday morning.
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In the clip below, Morgan lasts a grand total of five minutes before calling it quits, screaming: “That’s enough!”
That. Was. Agony. https://t.co/PQ3KrUy1QU
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 8, 2019
By the time the ordeal was over, it’s fair to say Morgan had gained a newfound respect for mothers. “Every man should try that,” he said, adding that it had been “utter agony”.
“It was very enlightening,” confessed Morgan. “I will certainly make no more glib jokes about childbirth. That was, wow, that was excruciating.”
But as columnist Kirsty Strickland helpfully explained, being attached to the simulator for a short time would only have given Morgan a very general idea of what childbirth is really like – and for a matter of just minutes rather than hours.
They’d need to strap you to the simulator for 36 hours – without respite/food. Throw in a dozen invasive examinations, some incisions, a cocktail of hormones that make you feel euphoric/awful for 3 weeks afterwards + breast pain + bleeding + bruising + sleep deprivation.
— Kirsty Strickland (@KirstyStricklan) May 7, 2019
Morgan has been criticised in the past for his use of the phrase “man up”, which he employed following his return to work with an injury, but also controversially in reference to people’s approach to their struggles with mental illness, having tweeted in 2017 that Britain needs to “man up” on the issue.
UPDATE: I'll be co-hosting @GMB tomorrow with 3 broken ribs. For the more fragile snowflakes among you, this is called 'manning up'. ????????
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 3, 2017
34 million UK adults are mentally ill? What utter nonsense.
Man up, Britain & focus on those who REALLY need help. https://t.co/C21SAg09AL
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 10, 2017
Nice, then, to see him forced to “woman up” himself – if only for a few precious minutes.