‘Celebrity Big Brother’ housemate India Willoughby is facing criticism, after comparing drag to black face.
The news presenter was at the centre of a discussion that took place after Andrew Brady was given a drag queen makeover by Courtney Act, in Monday (8 January) night’s show:
Look at that body-ody-ody… @itsandrewbrady#CBBpic.twitter.com/P7cRngrvKb
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 8, 2018
India was visibly upset when Andrew made his grand entrance to the garden, introducing himself with the drag name Betty Swollocks, and later tried to explain her feelings to a selection of housemates that included John Barnes and Rachel Johnson.
“Transexual people with gender dysphoria have suffered over the years, [there’s] a lot of laughter.
I know it’s not meant that way, that people who perform drag don’t do it intentionally, probably like the old days when the black-and-white minstrels put on a show and everyone would laugh and cheer… Obviously, black people would find that offensive.”
India’s comments did not go down well with viewers:
#CBB WOW just wow! Did that horrid India just compare drag to being in black face!?!?!?!?!?!?!
— Gidgit VonLaRue (@GidgitVonLaRue) January 9, 2018
The major issue I had with india tonight is her comparison of minsterals and black civil rights with drag and transgender rights. There is no similarity #cbb
— Searlas (@searlasodaire) January 9, 2018
Anybody notice John Barnes’s face when India said drag queens were as offensive as black face #CBBpic.twitter.com/gunVTUnQmm
— .xo (@LaurandOrdre) January 8, 2018
India compared a drag show to racist cartoons of black people.. did I just hear that correctly? #CBB
— JCM (@jayquirk_) January 8, 2018
India’s credibility as a human being was over the minute she compared drag to black face. I have no words. How can someone be so ignorant, speechless. #cbb
— Lauren (@LaurenKitsonx) January 8, 2018
India on #cbb is a serial victim. Also did she really just compare drag queens to black and white minstrels pic.twitter.com/buW12BborK
— annecupcake (@annecupcake) January 8, 2018
India isn’t the first of this series’ housemates to face criticism. Just one day into the show, Ann Widdecombe and Amanda Barrie were slammed for “victim-blaming” during a discussion about Harvey Weinstein.
Ann and Amanda also clashed with India, after misgendering her twice.
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec