Because Piers Morgan has some kind of DNA mutation in which his sentience depends completely on his ability to be outraged at something a famous person did, he’s currently pissed off at Victoria Beckham. And his anger is directed at a choice Posh might or might not have made in regards to furloughing her Victoria Beckham brand employees during the coronavirus lockdown.
According to The Sun, Victoria Beckham responded to the COVID-19 lockdown by furloughing 25 employees of her Victoria Beckham clothing brand, which means they’re technically laid off, but kept on the payroll. Victoria herself is reportedly not taking a salary at this time. In the UK, a program was set up by the government to help businesses continue to pay their employees up to 80% of their salaries while everyone is on lockdown (CJRS, or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme). The Guardian says that more than 140,000 UK companies applied for the CJRS, which will reportedly benefit one million workers. It’s not known if Victoria Beckham applied for the CJRS, but it’s probably not out of the realm of possibility to assume that she did. Victoria has also been hyping up the NHS on social media, and thanking all the healthcare workers:
That Instagram post is very important, because it’s the source of the bee that’s been stuck in his bonnet, aggressively stinging his scalp. Victoria introduced Elton John’s performance during Saturday’s Together at Home benefit concert, and gave another shout out to all the NHS workers. According to a tweet Piers made after the Together at Home concert, Victoria’s support of the NHS is hollow, because she’s a rich person who shouldn’t be taking government handouts when it could be given to nurses and medical professionals.
Sorry, but this makes me puke. If you care this much about the NHS, @victoriabeckham – then why are you taking taxpayer money the NHS desperately needs – and you DON’T need – to furlough your staff & prop up your failing business? https://t.co/pTVaODxk5V
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 19, 2020
The Sun adds that Piers’ accusation of Victoria running a “failing business” isn’t a total reach. The Sun says that her flagship VB store in Hong Kong is set to close, while a source claims Victoria isn’t even that interested in the fashion side of things at the moment.
“Although she is still passionate about fashion, Victoria will really be focusing her efforts on the beauty side now. Overheads for the online business are low, and it’s really beginning to flourish.”
Victoria, who turned 46 on Friday, recently declared 20 per cent of all profits will go to food banks during the pandemic, despite her firm announcing over £12 million losses last year.
The Sun adds that seven employees have quit since January.
I don’t want to poke holes in Piers’ theory (who am I kidding, I absolutely do), but there are still 25 people who need to be paid, Piers. And the government has created a plan so that that can happen. I doubt government officials were shaking down doctors for spare change while hissing, “We need this for the Spice Girl who can’t sing.” Maybe if this thing goes on long enough, Victoria will end up paying her employees from her own pocket. And I’m sure Piers will be the bigger person, and won’t immediately tweet something like, “Uh oh, do you need a little extra cash? Looks like you shouldn’t have said no to the 2019 reunion tour!”