PIERS Morgan has lashed out at the BBC for broadcasting a 'homophobic and sexist' cartoon of him performing a sex act on US President Donald Trump.
The Good Morning Britain presenter secured the first international television interview with President Trump since he took office last year.
The interview was lampooned on BBC2 programme The Mash Report on Thursday night, with Morgan tweeting on Saturday to accuse the corporation of 'double standards'.
Presenter Rachel Parris introduced the cartoon, saying: "In the Trump interview the staging hinted at a greater intimacy between the two men."
She goes on: "Piers, from the very outset, has his."
Morgan slammed the segment, writing on Twitter: "Amusing though this image may be to many people, can you imagine the BBC broadcasting it if the President was Hillary Clinton or the interviewer was a woman?
"Is that how licence payer money should be spent?"
He added: "The BBC thinks this is OK to broadcast. But if it depicted high profile women, there would be outrage. Why the double standard?
"If they did it to Hilary Clinton and Laura Kuenssberg – somebody WOULD be sacked.
"If Trump tweeted an image like this depicting Hillary Clinton & a female interviewer, all those currently celebrating/retweeting it would erupt with outraged cries of "Sexist!" "Misogynist!" "Homophobic!" – led by the BBC.
"Liberal hypocrisy in all its unedifying glory!"
A number of journalists tweeted their support including feminist author and journalist Jennifer Wright, who wrote: "I hate agreeing with Piers Morgan, and I think he is a revolting toady, but… posting pictures of men engaging in sexual acts with other men to demean them seems dated and unfortunate.
"There are ways to convey this point without the "ha ha gay" overtones at work here.
Writer Rob McGibbon added: "Absolutely. The sexist double standard must end. Equal means equal. What's demeaning for the goose, is demeaning for the gander."
A BBC spokesman said The Mash Report is a satirical current affairs programme and the cartoon was part of its 'well-known brand of humour'.
A statement said: "The BBC has a rich heritage of satire and The Mash Report takes a satirical and surreal look at the week's big stories.
"This brand of humour is well known to BBC Two audiences who tune in to watch the programme."
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