In a week which saw NBA player Jason Collins reveal that he's gay, formally coming out in the issue of Sports Illustrated that's on newsstands now, on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Ben Shapiro to offer his perspective on a story that has generated a great deal of national interest.
Joining Piers Morgan for a face to face interview that came as part of the program's new "The Grill" segment, the author and conservative political pundit took exception to the notion that Collins has achieved hero status:
"Being who you are in 2013 in America is what America is about. It is not heroic to be who you are publicly," said the man who once accused Morgan of dancing "on the graves of dead children." "I'm glad for Jason Collins if he feels that he's going to live a happier life now. But it does not make you a hero to be who you are."
Earlier in the week, as news of Collins homosexuality rippled through locker rooms and board rooms alike, Shapiro took to Twitter to share his stance:
So Jason Collins is a hero because he's gay? Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 29, 2013
Sitting alongside the host Thursday evening, the editor-at-large for Breitbart.com offered additional examples of people living their lives, denouncing the every day behavior as heroic:
"You're British, and a lot of folks have said you should leave the country, because you're British. You come on here every night, and you speak in a British accent. That doesn't make you a hero, it makes you being who you are. I'm Jewish. I wear a yarmulke on tv," explained Shapiro. "I'm not a hero for wearing a yarmulke."
Watch the clip, and lsiten to the interview as Shapiro comments on the phone call Jason Collins received from President Barack Obama, while Morgan goes on to insist his guest should "come off it."
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