Good Morning Britain has been hit by a number of Ofcom complaints after host Richard Madeley grilled protester Miranda Whelehan in a heated interview
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Good Morning Britain has been hit with a number of Ofcom complaints after Richard Madeley grilled a climate activist during a heated live debate on Monday’s ITV morning show.
The 65-year-old TV presenter couldn’t hold back when he interviewed Just Stop Oil protester Miranda Whelehan on set alongside Ranvir Singh amid the petrol pump protests over the weekend.
The ITV show received 59 complaints as a result of the interview, in which he labeled the group’s tagline as “pretty childish” and insisted the show did not have a single message of support for the meetings. protest.
Richard started the discussion by telling Miranda: “Many people would agree that we have to cut out oil, we have to give up fossil fuels, we have to develop renewable energy, I’m sure feel that.
“But at the same time they are also deeply indignant when their personal lives are disrupted massly by the actions of people like you. Do you accept that you can alienate people who, in a general sense, will support your cause of origin? ” he asks.
Richard continued: “But you have to accept, don’t you, that it’s a very complicated discussion to have, it’s a very complicated thing.
“And this ‘Just Stop Oil’ slogan is very playground, isn’t it, it’s very Vicky Pollard, quite childish.
“‘Just Stop Oil’, come on, there’s more to talk about, isn’t there?”
Miranda was quite taken aback by Richard’s comments when she replied: “I would say the answer is actually very simple. We need to stop licensing new oil and that’s what we’re in love with. bridge.
“Given the oil reserves we have now and the oil fields that we have continuing to grow, that will give us eight years of oil, if we say no to new oil and that’s it.” what we’re asking for.”
Richard then said: “How do the blockades advance that argument? They don’t, they simply don’t cause anything but disruption and you get a negative reaction. “
Richard later said that the ITV show received nothing but “angry complaints” from viewers watching the show, with no messages of support.
The activist ignored this criticism, and instead pointed to the IPCC’s recent findings from this year, which urge countries to abandon the use of fossil fuels.
ITV viewers were divided over Richard’s approach to the interview during the heated GMB exchange, with many labeling the presenter “savage” and “patronising”.
On Twitter, one person wrote: “What a great inspiration to us and the younger generation that young woman, faced with this smug and frankly insulting question from Richard Madeley.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and ITV hub.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/gmb-hit-ofcom-complaints-after-26703271 GMB has faced complaints about Ofcom after Richard Madeley criticized 'childish' protesters