A defiant Ross Kemp has appeared on Good Morning Britain carrying a cuddly teddy bear in a baby sling – to prove they are masculine.
GMB host Piers Morgan, 53, sparked a worldwide debate after he declared the device, which allows the wearer to carry a baby on their chest, ’emasculating’.
But Kemp, 54, who is a father of four, argued that it makes men more masculine because it ‘shows you care’.
And he certainly won over Piers’s co-host Susanna Reid, 47, who said there was ‘nothing sexier’ than a man wearing a papoose.
Ross Kemp, 54, appeared on Good Morning Britain wearing a papoose (pictured) to argue that men who wear them are more masculine because they show people that they care about their babies
Piers Morgan provoked a furious debate on Twitter by tweeting that 007 has been emasculated after spotting a snap of Daniel Craig carrying his baby daughter in a papoose in New York
On Tuesday, Piers sparked a Twitter storm when men from all over the world shared photos of them carrying their children in papooses after he tweeted a picture of James Bond actor Daniel Craig using one, dubbing him ’emasculated Bond’.
Kemp appeared on the show wearing one to defend fathers who carry their children that way.
A giggling Susanna asked ‘who [would be] better’ to defend the papoose than an ‘alpha’ male like Kemp, who is best known for playing hardman Grant Mitchell in EastEnders and for presenting his award winning documentaries on gangs.
Ross explained: ‘If I fall over now I have two hands to protect the child. If I have to carry the shopping, I can carry the bag in one hand, walk the dog or open the car door.
Ross explained on GMB: ‘If I fall over now I have two hands to protect the child. If I have to carry the shopping, I can carry the bag in one hand, walk the dog or open the car door’
Piers Morgan, 53, (pictured) sparked a worldwide debate after he declared the device is ’emasculating’ after seeing James Bond actor Daniel Craig wearing one
Susanna Reid, 47, (pictured) said there was ‘nothing sexier’ than a man wearing a papoose, joking that they ‘set women’s ovaries in motion’
‘It’s really good for babies. It’s good for their digestive systemâŚ it’s bonding with my baby. It makes you more of a man because it shows you care.’
But father-of-four Piers wasn’t convinced, saying: ‘I do think they’re ridiculous things and unnecessary and I do think they’re slightly emasculating.’Â Â
He picked up a pair of dolls and asked why Ross wouldn’t carry them in his arms instead.
He said: ‘Why don’t you, a burly man, simply do what I did with my kids and hold them in your burly arms?’Â
Kemp (pictured) explained the benefits of a papoose, including safety and multi-tasking. He also said they have health benefits and helps improve their digestive section
Piers picked up two baby dolls in each hand (left), asking why Kemp couldn’t carry his children that way. Susanna (right) didn’t seem impressed with the suggestion
The camera panned around the studio to reveal that several male members of crew were wearing them with dolls in the pouch.
The show brought up a picture of Craig carrying his baby daughter Ella in a papoose, and Susanna argued that women would find it attractive.
She explained: ‘Piers says women don’t fancy men in papooses butÂ I think they set women’s ovaries in motion.Â
Several male members of the Good Morning Britain crew were seen wearing papooses with baby dolls kept in the pouch (pictured)
‘There is nothing sexier than James Bond wearing one.’Â
Ross suggested that Piers’s problem with papooses is less about the device and more about causing controversy.
He said: ‘Whats going on? Don’t they know what you’re like? You’ll throw as many darts at the dartboard until you get the right ouch.’Â
Morgan provoked a furious debate onÂ Twitter by claiming Daniel Craig has been emasculated by carrying his one-month-old daughter in a sling.Â
The James Bond star was spottedÂ on a solo outing in New York on Sunday with the newborn he shares with his wife Rachel Weisz, but Piers was unimpressed, tweeting: ‘Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond.’
Australian UFC featherweight fighter Alex Volkanovski said he’d completed a training camp wearing his young daughter in a baby sling
Twitter users were not impressed and bombarded the GMB host with images of fathers baby wearing with some toting two children at the same time.Â
Even Captain America star Chris Evans weighed in, tweeting: ‘You really have to be so uncertain of your own masculinity to concern yourself with how another man carries his child.Â
‘Any man who wastes time quantifying masculinity is terrified on the inside.’Â
AustralianÂ UFC featherweight fighter Alex Volkanovski shared a snap taken on his way to Thailand with his daughter, saying: ‘Did my whole fight camp with her in the #papoose…she finished camp unscathed!!’Â
Piers later clarified: ‘Thereâs nothing wrong in carrying or caring for your child. I did it with all four of mine. My ire is directed solely at the papoose.
‘Wearing a papoose doesnât mean you “care” more about your kids.’Â
And in response to a woman who said her husband used to carry their sons around in a sling so she could get some rest, he asked: ‘Why couldnât he use his arms, like every other generation of dads?’Â
Eliza Leggatt Chicago who shared a snap of her husband doing the dishes with their baby on his back
Dad blogger Ryan Hakes from Detroit hit back at Piers, joking about exercising with his twin girls in their baby slings
Podcaster Leo joked that he was clearly less of a man for carrying his child around in a slingÂ
However, Twitter users remained incensed by his claim that wearing a sling makes a father less of a man.Â
Elixa Leggatt from Texas shared a snap of her husband doing dishes while baby wearing, saying: ‘Looking most hotter than most ever will. Let me tell you how furious I was.’Â
Canadian born former professional wrestler turned actor Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland revealed he’d even donned an Elsa from Frozen costume when his daughter wanted him to wear her mother’s Halloween costume.Â
‘I look ridiculous. But who cares? That’s what you do for your kids,’ he said. ‘I’m sure Piers would find this emasculating. I saw only if you’re uncomfortable in your masculinity.’
British music blogger celebrated keeping your hands free to drink beer while wearing a papoose, sharing this snap taken at a music festivalÂ
Fox news meteorologist Janice Dean said she was delighted that her husband used to carry their sons around in a papoose so that she could get some restÂ
Canadian wrestler turned actor Adam Edge Copeland said he’d managed not to feel emasculated, even while wearing an Elsa from Frozen costumeÂ
Erik Niewiarowski from Chicago identified himself as a proud baby wearer, in support of Daniel CraigÂ
A mother from Surrey shared a snap of her husband at the pumpkin patch carrying on child in a sling with another perched on his shouldersÂ