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 May 16

by Carolina

Lately, many celebrities have raising mental health awareness. As evidenced by his latest controversial tweet, Morgan takes issue with this.

Journalist Piers Morgan is no stranger to voicing his controversial opinions. Earlier this year, he infamously stormed off the set of Good Morning Britain after a co-presenter criticized the way he trashes Meghan Markle. This came after Morgan dismissed Markle’s claims that she suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts.

On May 11th, he subtly threw a bit more shade at Markle through a tweet, taking aim at celebrities who speak out about their mental health in general.

Lately, there have been many celebrities raising mental health awareness, thanks to campaigns such as Mental Health Awareness month in the United States, and Mental Health Week in the United Kingdom. As evidenced by his latest controversial tweet, Morgan takes issue with this.

I’m curious to know just how much money famous ‘mental health campaigners’ are making from constantly preaching about it & exploiting their myriad ‘problems’ – and what percentage of that money they give to mental health charities.

Celebrity victimhood is a lucrative business.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 11, 2021

Naturally, the incendiary tweet gained a lot of attention from social media users, most of whom were passionately disagreeing with Morgan. Several of those responders said they suffer from mental health issues themselves, and took the tweet personally.

One of those responders actually turned out to be Alastair Campbell, who is a presenter on Good Morning Britain throughout Mental Health Week.

Campbell wrote a book about living with depression, and how he almost took his own life, in 2020, in the hopes that his story would help others who suffer in a similar way. The book came after his BBC Two documentary called Depression and Me.

He tweeted the following:

If you mean me @piersmorgan@schooltruth and I have a charity account which takes a share of my earnings, which go to causes we believe in, mainly mental health and education for poorer children. I do paid speaking gigs and often ask for fees to be paid to charity 1/4 https://t.co/dsJfBawHy7

— ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) May 11, 2021

The entire topic has Twitter users talking. Some have taken Morgan’s side, while others are downright calling him out for being judgmental and inconsiderate.

Agreeing with Morgan’s perspective are users who have doubts that the money raised by celebrities actually go towards helping those in need. There are also some who feel that some celebrities go too far to stretch their struggles in order to be a mental health campaigner. Here’s what some users had to say:

Whilst those with actual mental health issues go under the radar. Just a shame you’re the only one calling these cretins out

— JayPee87 (@JPee87) May 11, 2021

Totally agree, the rich getting richer of the backs of the vulnerable, it’s disgusting 🤦‍♀️

— Sunshine (@Sunshin61283028) May 11, 2021

Classic “Victimhood Chic”. It’s become a handy tool to manufacture outrage and maintain interest. Celebrities and other high profile people leverage this to line their pockets. And social media inflates this culture.

— Alexis Ray (@Ray717Alexis) May 11, 2021

On the other side of things, most Twitter users who respond are not liking Piers’ statement, and  many are taking issue with his constant criticism of others in general.

One Twitter user recognized that celebrities may help their fans to gain the courage to ask for help and how that’s more valuable than anything else:

Personally, if they are able to help just one person to gain the strength to get help, or stop someone from ending their life, then I couldn’t care less what they’re making. @piersmorgan you can’t just pick and choose who you want to attack.

— Sonny (@sonnyathwal1) May 11, 2021

Many others called Piers out for his own controversial perspectives, and for earning money off of his hate-filled articles, as well as his show Life Stories, which focuses on celebrities’ personal lives, including mental health struggles:

At least they’re aiming to raise awareness and do something to help people.

But of course, as someone with views such as the this 👇🏼, you wouldn’t get it. pic.twitter.com/cJMnL9W2BZ

— alex (@alexstevens0n) May 11, 2021

I’m curious how much money you made tearing into Megan Markle everyday, how much did you make from the endless articles and tweets you wrote?

— Gregor (@gregor1001) May 11, 2021

Piers, you’re using Twitter for PR and stating you believe in mental illness

You have asked how much money famous mental health campaigners are making off “preaching about it”.

I think you can answer your own question.

“Celebrity victimhood” – How much are YOU making off this?

— Loopylala101 (@loopylala101) May 11, 2021

One user, in particular, boiled down the argument by looking at things from both sides of the coin:

While there may be some who are milking it, many aren’t. If what they are doing raises any money, raises awareness and helps even just a few people then it has a benefit. For those who aren’t genuine, their conscience, or lack of, is their issue. They’ll be found out.

— Dragontao (@Arcane_Asylum) May 11, 2021

Regardless of everyone’s opinions about the topic, one thing is for certain: people are talking about mental health. This is noteworthy, as there continues to be stigma surrounding mental illnesses, despite the fact that an estimated one in five people in the US lives with a mental illness.

Fore more information on mental illnesses and mental health resources, please see the National Institute for Mental Health.

Next: Surprising Reactions to Kendall Jenner’s Vogue Series About Her Crippling Anxiety


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