Viewers hit back at Piers Morgan during a debate on whether runners and joggers should weak masks in public.
Referring to those taking exercise on public roads and in parks, the Good Morning Britain host called them “panting, wheezing, show-offs.”
The discussion on GMB was about whether runners should wear face masks and Piers’ comments have created, yet more, Twitter fury as viewers strike back.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid were joined by Former MP Tom Watson, Professor Trish Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford and Professor Devi Sridhar from the University of Edinburgh for the debate.
Commenting on runners outside of the pandemic, Piers said: “I have a real problem with them…especially when they’re not fit and can’t run very well and they’re bouncing along the high street and barging into everybody.”
Twitter users were outraged by Piers’ comments about joggers on the high street.
Andy Price tweeted: “What’s ridiculous is the fact that Piers had just openly mocked overweight people by referring to them as being gorillas and for keeping healthy…”
Ben Stone said: “Going after runners Piers is poor from you I’m afraid. Running has kept a lot of people mentally well during this pandemic.”
Eric added: “On national TV battering people trying to better themselves and lead a healthier lifestyle. Disgrace yet again @piersmorgan.”
Maureen Thomas Young tweeted: “@piersmorgan I’m not happy with you talking about overweight people running on road. They are running to lose weight. That comment was rude. I like you but not happy with you right now and yes I believe everyone should wear their mask.”
Speaking on the show, Tom Watson, former MP and deputy leader of the Labour Party, said that runners should try and keep their distance and that he doesn’t think he would be able to run whilst wearing a mask.
Trish Greenhalgh, professor in primary care health sciences at the University of Oxford, told Good Morning Britain: “There is no doubt the virus is in the air, there is no doubt that you can catch it if you inhale, and that someone else has exhaled.
“The exercising jogger – the puffing and panting jogger – you can feel their breath come and you can sometimes actually feel yourself inhale it, so there’s no doubt that there is a danger there.
Devi Sridhar, professor of public health at the University of Edinburgh, added that people should wear masks in busy areas but when not surrounded by people they could “take off your mask and run freely”.
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