This just in: Piers Morgan just got into yet another row on Twitter, this time with a Norwegian dad after he was hailed the "BEST DAD" by CBS News for dressing up in a Queen Elsa costume to belt out songs with his son.
He responded, in true Piers Morgan fashion: "Why does this make him any more ‘BEST DAD’ then [*don’t correct his spelling, don’t correct his spelling, don’t correct his spelling*] one who plays football with his son? Ridiculous."
Why does this make him any more ‘BEST DAD’ then one who plays football with his son? Ridiculous. https://t.co/R3HYXI5Phd— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 24, 2019
But Orjan Buroe had the best response – one even Piers thought was hilarious: a video of him playing football – in a dress.
No stress?? pic.twitter.com/oADae9txU2— Orjan (@OrjanBuroe) January 24, 2019
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We totally get why CBS gave him the title and crown – this video is so progressive, so sweet – and the best part is, he wasn’t even trying to be.
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But Piers was triggered.
Orjan later appeared on Piers Morgan’s show, Good Morning Britain to explain that although his son chooses to wear dresses every now and then, it’s about him having the authority to mix it up and be whoever he wants to be.
“He’s been Spider-Man, he’s been everything.” And on the video he says he simply thought it would be a great idea to dress up and sing along with him to a song he loves.
“And he was just like, ‘We are two superheroes now’,” says Orjan.
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Piers asked him again why putting on a dress made him a better dad. He didn’t really understand why he felt the need to dress up as Elsa at all, really.
But Orjan responded, yet again, in the best possible way, “She is the first lady actor in a cartoon that is a hero,” he says, and continues, “She don’t need a prince…”
On the point of being a better parent he says, “I never said I’m a superdad. I believe [there are] many good dads out there doing the same thing. We have good moms. We have soccer moms, hockey moms – we have great parents.”
He continues that though they dress up and sang Let It Go, they also play football together. “I don’t put labels and [my] children won’t put labels."
From what we understand, it’s not about being a male or female, or doing things typically stereotyped and traditionally reserved for boys or girls. It’s about doing what you love, and as far as being inspired by particular characters are concerned, it’s about aspiring to be the good guys and girls – regardless of whether or not their gender is different to yours.
Orjan offered to give Piers a costume, but he wasn’t into it. “I’m very much a suit and tie man, and a nice cigar,” he responded.
Well, put him in a box and slap a sticker on him, ‘cause this man is fragile.
But dads, if you were wondering, Orjan says he got the dress off eBay, and Takealot’s got it for your little ones too. We checked and you’re welcome. Now get out there – let those gender stereotypes go.
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