Good Morning Britain was once again the stage for a fiery topic of discussion this morning.
It’s seen debates on a multitude of topics over the years but today’s discussion was sexism – more specifically, sexism relating to BBQs.
Yes you heard correctly. Antony Costa, former singer for popular boyband ‘Blue’, was live on today’s show (Friday, April 23) from his Essex pad debating whether it’s sexist for men to take control of ‘the barbie’.
Antony, who was coincidentally having a BBQ at 8.50am, described men taking the helm as “a natural progression”.
Speaking on GMB, he said: “The women are fantastic, they do the Christmas dinner.
“We just want to help out, with a beer in our hand, cooking the burgers, cooking the sausages, cooking a bit of Greek meat. It’s fantastic, let’s do it.”
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But author Rebecca Reid dismissed Antony’s observations, reminding him that he “can’t take all the glory for being the person that partially charred a burger”.
And this would be because, according to Rebecca: “We’ve all been to a BBQ where a female has done all the shopping, prepped all of the breads, made all of the salads, got the plates out, laid the table, looked after the kids, made the drinks, and the male partner has part burned, part left raw a sausage.”
This led to an eruption in the comments section, with one tweeter writing: “If hubby does the bbq it frees me up for erm drinks.”
Another added: “I’d rather my boyfriend did. Does my head in, standing there cooking on a bbq and your hair stinks after. Keep going with the bbq cooking men.”
And one man even went further by saying: “It’s a primal thing, fire, meat, smoke….. Makes us feel like cavemen.”
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But others had different ideas.
One Twitter user was so frustrated that they even added Ofcom, the broadcast regulatory body, into their reply.
They wrote: “@Ofcom can we address the blatant sexism from both people involved in this debate from both @AntonyCosta and Rebecca Reid both implying that ‘women do a good a job with Christmas dinner’ and ‘doing all the shopping’… Such a shockingly bad debate with no basis in fact…”
Another was equally unimpressed, noting that they “can’t actually believe this is a genuine discussion point”.
And inevitably, Piers Morgan was brought up, with one person tweeting: “@GMB clearly struggling without @piersmorgan.”
Piers stormed off the GMB set in March after being challenged by co-host Alex Beresford for his views on Meghan Markle following her controversial tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
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