The U.K.'s daytime television show, This Morning is often a hothouse of controversy.
Throughout the week, the shows presenters, platinum blonde Holly Willoughby and inoffensive Phillip Schofield welcome on guests to discuss, well just about anything.
Last week they had on a 9-year-old girl who believed she was a bell tower.
But whatever wacky, controversial, or downright weird guest they have on the couch, you can be sure that Holly and Phillip will get to the bottom of their claims.
With probing questions and condescending stares the This Morning hosts remind the British public that there is strange folk out there wanting to disrupt the status quo.
Yesterday saw the turn of Rebecca Reid, who actually didn't seem like a nutjob.
Reid is a senior editor for Grazia Magazine and had reasonable grounds for her opinion.
Not that this stopped This Morning painting her as a total "fun sponge."- Their words, not mine.
Here's what happened...
Why not just let it go?
Hanging mistletoe at your office party is inviting a sexual harassment suit.— Jormithrax Pejorative (@Jormithrax Pejorative)1323140994.0
Office relationships are messy.Remember when Alan Rickman almost made the worst mistake of his life by planning to kiss his young assistant under the mistletoe, instead of sitting at home and listening to Joni Mitchell with his loving wife, Emma Thompson? If mistletoe had been banned, things might have been a lot less complicated.
Rebecca Reid was looking forward to appearing on the breakfast show.
I’ll be on This Morning later, chatting about whether we should stop having mistletoe at work Christmas parties.— Rebecca Reid (@Rebecca Reid)1575447982.0
"Women should stand up for themselves."
On A Lighter Note, This Morning A Discussion On Mistletoe! The Office Weirdo With The Sprig, Why Not Just Ignore Hi… https://t.co/nhy4nwkg9O— KEVIN KILCOYNE (@KEVIN KILCOYNE)1575458041.0
We all know what mistletoe represents...If you stand under the mistletoe with somebody, you are expected to kiss.
This Morning made out Rebecca wanted to ban all mistletoe.
via: ITVThis wasn't the case at all, but naturally wanting to enrage the British public and make Rebecca look like a total loony, losing the "office party" angle was an effective spin.
The threat of mistletoe getting banned enraged the public.
Bloody hell. This woman on #ThisMorning wanting to ban a kiss under the mistletoe needs to get a life. If that's al… https://t.co/O0TJg213eT— Darren Lacey 🏳️🌈 (@Darren Lacey 🏳️🌈)1575460898.0
The point she was trying to make is perfectly valid...Reid argues the point that, in the office environment, mistletoe is inappropriate. Feeling obliged to kiss a fellow employee, or worse and employer, simply because it's Christmas, doesn't seem right.
There were some people who understood Rebecca's point.
Grandma: Well guess you can’t have mistletoe at your office party anymore lol Thank god for that, it’s nice that p… https://t.co/vzDhmskoQU— LogFan (@LogFan)1514154186.0
Whilst some people understand the anti-mistletoe argument...The vast majority of people saw Rebecca's claims as political correctness gone mad and felt that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of mistletoe hanging above the water dispenser.
The show had Rebecca argue against "etiquette expert" Liz.
via: ITVAfter Rebecca explained that mistletoe gives the office lech a chance to grab a kiss, Liz argued that she mustn't be going to the "right Christmas parties." Funnily enough, Liz, you don't get to choose which office party they go to, you go to the one hosted by your office.
Surprise, surprise, mistletoe doesn't change the rules.For years people have used mistletoe as though it was some kind of trump card that had the power to dissolve rules of appropriate behavior. Naturally, it's a good idea to remove something from offices that provides this kind of allowance.
Rebecca's comments stirred up anger across the U.K.
What is with this stupid girl on this morning?! If you don’t want to kiss someone under mistletoe just say no! Why do we need to ban it?— lilllyvici (@lilllyvici)1575460572.0
Fortunately, Reid took it all in her stride.
It me! Rebecca Reid, mistletoe hater. https://t.co/OyA84HbfSp— Rebecca Reid (@Rebecca Reid)1575457464.0
Friends of Rebecca clearly thought it was funny too.
Update, @hlbw left a nice new lip balm on my desk because my lips 'might be dry from sucking up all that fun'— Rebecca Reid (@Rebecca Reid)1575476771.0
"I am fun, I swear..."
I would like everyone to know that @GeorgiaAspinall says that I am not a fun sponge but actually a fun faucett.— Rebecca Reid (@Rebecca Reid)1575475397.0
Frankly, there's only one kind of mistletoe I care about...And that's the mistletoe of the musical variety, performed by the one and only, Justin Beibz.
Twitter gave Rebecca a chance to stand up for herself.
@diane_pavia I agree entirely, but if you're having an office party it's probably prudent to skip it, lest you seem… https://t.co/HPqWq0Apxx— Rebecca Reid (@Rebecca Reid)1575477059.0