Piers Morgan Defends Article Bashing Nicki Minaj: I’m ‘Not Remotely Sexist, Nor Racist’

Morgan was shredded on social media for calling rapper a “stroppy little piece of work whose video wasn’t as good as Taylor Swift’s”

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Not that anyone in the music world asked his opinion, but Piers Morgan jumped feet first into the Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Twitter showdown over the MTV Video Music Awards nominations. It should come as no surprise that the former CNN host got savaged on social media in the process.

Morgan, who is now an Editor-at-Large for the Daily Mail, sparked bitter backlash when he posted a column in the tabloid Wednesday telling Minaj: “Don’t play the race card, Ms Minaj. You’re just a stroppy little piece of work whose video wasn’t as good as Taylor Swift’s.”

His blunt assessment came after the “Anaconda” singer went on her own Twitter rant Tuesday about being snubbed by MTV for Video of the Year. “When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,” Minaj wrote during her hours-long Twitterstorm.

Morgan, who’s no stranger to controversy or to keeping his thoughts to himself, even tipped black Twitter users and Minaj off that he was about to make them mad. “Warning to Black Twitter: I don’t think you’re going to like my column about @NICKIMINAJ,” Morgan tweeted before the article went live.

And when he got the expected outraged response from both Minaj’s fans and Black Twitter, he fired back by claiming: “Not remotely sexist, nor racist. Stop being silly.”

The outspoken British journalist seemed to relish in the attention his comments got — and encouraged any reaction, good or totally outraged.

“I love the trolls who glibly brand me ‘racist’ but can never actually point to a single racist thing I do or say,” he wrote earlier on Wednesday. “For the record, I like . But if you’re going to dish it out, you’ve got to take it too. Debate isn’t a one-way street,” he said, bragging about “trending number two world wide” and even posted a screen grab of the Twitter trending bar.

In his column, Morgan recalled his own negative experience with Minaj on “America’s Got Talent,” when she refused to pose for a photo with his sons and he was allegedly forced to tell them that “Ms Minaj was too busy doing nothing to grant them a second of her precious time.”

The controversial broadcaster also received backlash a day earlier after replying to the tweet “ALL black lives matter” posted by Marc Lamont Hill, CNN political commentator, with the line “ALL lives matter.”

See a selection of Morgan’s latest tweets below.