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December 19th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Bollywood Star fights for Indian women's rights, unwanted hug yields one-year suspension, Conway and Burnett on comedy today

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Bollywood Star calls for cultural change in home country

On the heels of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's New York strip search over visa fraud charges, tensions between Indian and the United States have been heightened.

While the event orchestrated by US authorities has sparked outrage over the supposed disrespect of Indian women in the US, one Indian woman is bringing worldwide attention to the abuse in her own country.

Mallika Sherawat, a famous Bollywood actress and star of The Bachelorette India, has been extremely vocal on women’s issues in India – including child marriage, honor killings, and sexual violence – even as, Mallika claims, some have tried to silence her call for change:

“I think it's a very, very regressive state for women. And I stand by it. Do your homework,” Sherawat fired back at a reporter in a video that has since gone viral.

On Wednesday, the Indian actress joined Piers Morgan in the hosts LA studio, further explaining some of her biggest concerns for women and girls in her home country:

“Right now, this minute we talk, if we do not take a stand on it, there is a woman suffering in India.”

As part of a live, primetime interview, Sherawat also stressed the urgency for all Indian women to take the first steps towards massive change:

“I think that not doing anything about it, not taking a stand on it, is as much a problem. We have to take a stand on it. I love my country. I feel very passionate about it.”

  • Unnecessary hugging: Georgia teen suspended for one year

Georgia teen Sam McNair is currently appealing a year-long high school suspension that would stint his graduation hopes, and possibly jeopardize his college sports prospects. Sam’s egregious crime? Hugging a teacher.

After the teacher filed a complaint, McNair was slammed with a sexual harassment charge, and suspended from Duluth High School.

On Wednesday evening, the teen joined "Piers Morgan Live," explaining his surprise with the reaction to an act he considers harmless, and not particularly noteworthy:

“I hug all my teachers just to show appreciation of what they do from me,” he told the host.

As part of a live interview, McNair claimed that the current incident in question marks his first-ever hug-related complaint. Joining her son in studio, April McNair said that if there were any concerns about past behavior before, they should have been raised before things escalated to the current point:

“My thing was, if she had an issue with him prior, I should have been notified or someone in the school should have been notified before this, his senior year," she told Morgan. "You stripped that off him so there's no opportunity for him to even finish up his senior year.”

  • Burnett and Conway on comedy, then and now

On Wednesday evening, Piers Morgan opened his studio to comedic royalty, as famous acting duo Carol Burnett and Tim Conway reunited to review their prolific careers, in the process offering their stances on the modern era of what's deemed funny on tv.

The named star of the legendary "The Carol Burnett Show" shared her analysis of how comedy has changed since the 60's and 70's, noting that much of the current writing seems to rely more on crude humor, and less on true wit:

“I just think it's an easy laugh," lamented the 80-year-old icon. "Sometimes I think when I watch some of these shows that they've been written by a teenage voice in a locker room. You know, that just - they're not clever.”

Joining his longtime co-star, Conway offered another aspect of difference between the two eras:

“And you never had to worry about the kids watching it either,” he added. “I mean, you could communicate with the whole family.”

However, don’t confuse Conway and Burnett with a pair of clean-cut straight arrows. As Morgan asked Tim about a final act were staring death in the face, the 80-year-old revealed a crooked fantasy:

“Go holdup a bank. I always wanted to do that and take as much cash I could and run out. And once my five minutes is up, ‘Bang!’ The cops killed me.”

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  1. walterjanelle

    Reblogged this on walterjanelle's Blog.

    December 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rahul Manchanda, Esq.

    Piers Morgan is, in my opinion, with his regular bashing of Indian Men on his show, simply repeating and inheriting the old British Empire mantra that all third world peoples are rapists and animals, in order to "keep them in line." This is the oldest trick in the book – see the movie "A Passage To India" for a reference.

    December 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Stacy

    Piers is such and idiot. Of course CNN would be the only network to hire him. So it is ok for liberals to voice their opinion but once a conservative opens their mouth ...it's a whole different story. So sad for America

    December 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Alisha John

    Cnn, You got some info wrong. Mallika is not a Bollywood star, let alone a superstar. She is one of the most disliked celebrities in India.

    December 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sandee Panik

    Oh Lord...Please leave the man alone!! Everyone has a right to his/her beliefs and if you stopped into any corner neighborhood tavern, you will have normal everyday people making comments that are never politically correct. But, because this poor man is on tv you feel a need to crucify him??? Shame on you!!! People need to stop being so scared of being politically correct,,,let them be unfiltered and just thank God you are alive today and have a life to talk about. Life tis too short to Critize everything! Chill out people!!!

    December 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sarah Ali

    Malika Sheriwat is a Bollywood actress and the last time I checked, she was not the most disliked celebrity in India. She may not be on the A list but she is a recognizable name, been in quite a few films, has had some hit "item numbers" and that does define her as a Bollywood star. On the contrary, after seeing the viral video she has gained many new fans, including myself. Its about time that these important issues be discussed in the open. I commend her to use her celebrity and fame to help make a change for women in India. The state of affairs over there is absolutely ridiculous. Women deserve a chance to be treated equally, have education, safety and a voice.

    December 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Boris Tendulkar

    Why isn't Piers Morgan fired yet? I guess it's less expensive for CNN to insult gays than Indians.

    January 9, 2014 at 8:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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