Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan mocked the MTV awards for introducing a gender-neutral Best Actor category, which Emma Watson won on Sunday night for her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
Morgan said: “Gender neutral awards, just what the world was craving. I can’t think of a better recipient than Emma Watson, a great flag bearer of all things gender neutral.”
Watson made history by picking up the genderless Best Actor gong for a movie, while Millie Bobby Brown collected the TV equivalent for her character in Stranger Things.
In her speech at the ceremony, Watson said: “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.
“MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone. But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.”
Morgan said the introduction of such awards will eventually result in a world where gender no longer exists, and lead to more inequality.
“Women will now win a lot less awards because they’ve made them gender neutral and there are more male actors so actually in trying to get equality you end up with more inequality,” he said.
“Is the world becoming gender neutral? Do we need to have men and women? Do we just get rid of all of it and take the ‘man’ out of ‘woman’ and call them ‘woes’? You’ve got man in there, that’s offensive and sexist. We can’t be ‘men’ anymore, we have to be called persons and everything becomes gender neutral.
He continued: “The Queen can’t be called the Queen anymore and we can’t call her ‘her majesty’ so she’ll have to be ‘the majesty.
“Eventually I’ll have to smash my head repeatedly into a brick wall. I think it’s all utterly ridiculous.
“Am I wrong? Is it just me or am I a creaking old dinosaur that just doesn’t get it? Should we ban the word man from life itself? Should nothing anymore be male or female? Little babies just be little babies, no longer boys and girls? Should we end gender as we know it?
“Let me know your thoughts, and if anyone thinks we should, I’ve got a doctor you can see later.”