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A look at issues of today: Our Piers and Trump picture went viral

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 February 2018

Time FM Steve Allen.

Time FM Steve Allen.

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What an interesting week it has been. After years of making a living talking about the news, I got to feel what it was like to be linked more directly to the stories.

The TV show I work on caused controversy when we used a drawing of Donald Trump and Piers Morgan. For those who haven’t seen it, it depicts them connected in a serial fashion, as my old CDT technology teacher would say.

It is a literal representation of a term used to describe someone being obsequious. That makes it sound more highbrow than it is.

During the recording of the show it got one of the biggest laughs from the live audience and when it was broadcast it seemed to get a good response on social media.

Then over the weekend Piers tweeted a copy of it asking if it were high-profile women would the BBC still have broadcast it?

A very interesting question. If there were two high-profile women who elicited the same response from the audience, possibly.

Katie Hopkins is almost in the same league. If she interviewed a world leader who was up there with Trump we may get to find out.

Many people pointed out that if he didn’t like the picture tweeting it to his millions of followers, who then retweeted, letting it spread across the world, might not have helped save face. Not that his face is that visible in the picture.

American comedians and Hollywood actors shared the post. In one article even Donald Trump made a comment about the clip. I doubt he watched the whole show.

Since then Piers and Donald fell out on Twitter over Trump’s attack on the NHS. It’s odd that Piers would do something that makes him look less like Trump’s best friend. Funny that.

But I shouldn’t rub his nose in it.


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