Good Morning Britain has been hit with over 2,000 complaints after host Adil Ray engaged in a heated debate about Covid-19 vaccines on the show.
On Tuesday 1 June, Adil was joined by political commentator Dominique Samuels and former Apprentice star Nick Hewer to discuss whether people should ‘unfriend’ those who chose not to have the coronavirus vaccine.
After Adil expressed his concerns over socialising with someone who hasn’t had the jab who may then be introduced to friends who ‘are vulnerable, asthmatic or have underlying conditions’, things became tense when Dominique replied: ‘I think that you just don’t need to be psychotic and try and control other people’s life choices.’
Ofcom has revealed that on the date of Adil and Dominique’s quarrel, the media watchdog received 2,077 complaints about GMB from audience members.
The firm confirmed to Metro.co.uk that ‘the majority of complaints objected to negative references to unvaccinated people and a poll on the theme “time to ditch unvaccinated friends”.’
During the GMB programme in question, Adil took umbrage over Dominique’s ‘psychotic’ remark, saying that ‘nothing I’ve said is psychotic’.
‘What is psychotic about caring for people around you? How does that make me psychotic?’ he said at the time.
‘It’s not caring, it’s benevolent. It’s psychotic, and it’s controlling. Some people may not want people may not want to be vaccinated,’ Dominique replied.
On the government’s website, it states that as of Tuesday June 8, more than 40 million people in the UK had received their first dose of the vaccine, while more than 28 million have had their second injection.
Furthermore, 77% of people aged 18 and over have received their first dose, with 53.6% having their second, the government outlines.
On the same day that he locked horns with Dominique over the Covid-19 vaccine, Adil appeared to take a swipe at ex-GMB host Piers Morgan.
While discussing tennis star Naomi Osaka’s decision to not take part in press interviews at the French Open and then to withdraw from the tournament completely, Adil said: ‘The debate has come once again [because of] our attitude to mental health, and I just find it despicable how some people can just trash somebody when they say they have mental health issues.’
Naomi, 23, said she has suffered from depression since the 2018 US Open, writing in a social media post: ‘I’ve watched many clips of athletes breaking down after a loss in the press room and I know you have as well. I believe that whole situation is kicking a person while they’re down and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it.’
Piers had criticised Naomi on social media, describing her in a Daily Mail column as an ‘arrogant spoiled brat whose fame and fortune appears to have inflated her ego to gigantic proportions’.
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