It is a topic that has been receiving plenty of attention in recent times, and it was good to see paternity leave being discussed on TV during an interview with journalist Piers Morgan this week. However, many have been left angered and disappointed by the famously outspoken star’s comments on the subject.
Piers, who is a dad to four children, has come in form major criticism over the anti-paternity leave comments he made during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show.
“Most dads don’t want to do paid paternity leave. They pretend they do, but after two weeks of a tiny little baby…all they’re doing is eating, guzzling and depositing. It isn’t the most exciting gig in town,” said the 50-year-old.
The show’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski, proceeded to leave the set in response to Piers’ comments.
The rant didn’t stop there, however, with Piers taking to Twitter to share the extent of his feelings and thoughts on the matter.
“I suspect all these Paternity-leave-loving Dads have not actually become a Dad yet. Come back to me when you have…Most mothers I know can’t wait to see their men back to work. We get in the way and are invariably utterly useless in the baby department,” he added.
Most mothers I know can't wait to see their men back to work. We get in the way and are invariably utterly useless in the baby department.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 7, 2015
Needless to say, Piers’ comments prompted a major backlash on social media, with users branding him old-fashioned in his way of thinking.
Author Josh Levs tweeted: “Ugh just stop, Piers Morgan. U r furthering false stereotypes that damage society [sic].” Dad blogger John Kinnear chimed in, writing: “Hey Piers, 1955 called. It wants its opinion back.”
What do you make of Piers’ comments?