Piers Morgan Thinks Dads Who Use Baby Carriers Are 'Emasculated.' These Men Disagree.

"Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside."

Nearly a year after Piers Morgan got schooled on modern feminism, the British journalist and television personality has stirred up some controversy on Twitter about how dads should (or shouldn't) act. In response to these statements, men — both dads and non-dads alike — are speaking out against the underlying toxic masculinity of Morgan's tweets.

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It all began yesterday when the 53-year-old tweeted a photo of Daniel Craig carrying his infant daughter Ella in a baby carrier, which he calls a "papoose." "Oh 007 .. not you as well?!!!" Morgan wrote, showing just how much this bothered him by also using the hashtag "#emasculatedBond."

As Merriam-Webster notes, "papoose" is a term meaning "a young child of American Indian parents" and the term is "dated, now often offensive."

This dad-shaming message sent much of Twitter into a frenzy, with people reminding Morgan that — for starters — James Bond isn't even a real person. Yes, Craig has played the iconic spy since 2006, but he is a real person and does real things such as carrying his daughter with him when out and about.

It didn't take long for the tweet to stir up a conversation, one that caught the attention of Chris Evans (Captain America in the Marvel films), no less. He wrote: "You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child. Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside."

Morgan replied, with clearly none of the actor's message getting through to him, by exclaiming that "Captain America wouldn't wear a papoose." Evans has yet to issue a reaction to this statement but, again, the shield-wielding character (unfortunately) isn't real. Morgan later suggested that he himself would be a great replacement for 007, one who "wouldn't be seen dead in a papoose."

The idea of what dads — or men, in general — should or shouldn't do because of how their masculinity (or lack thereof) will be perceived is a harmful sentiment. We've been told that boys who cry are weak and that they shouldn't do things that girls do. It's time to change how we think about masculinity because there's nothing wrong with dads spending quality time with their kids — baby carrier or not.

Showing that baby carriers don't take away from their manhood, Twitter began replying with photos of men carrying their babies similar to the way Craig does in the paparazzi shot — and it was glorious.

It doesn't seem like Morgan is going to change his opinion that dads wearing baby carriers are emasculated, but it seems many on social media are admiring these dads for doing the most masculine thing ever: simply caring for their children.

(H/T: Twitter)

Cover image: Twocoms / Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

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