I’m A Celebrity embroiled in yet another sexism row after being accused of racism

‘Why do all the immensely capable women get the boot?’: I’m A Celebrity embroiled in yet another sexism row after being accused of racism as Jill Scott becomes last female campmate with SEVEN men

  • Sue Cleaver was voted out of the show on Monday night, making her the third female campmate to be evicted in a row
  • Previously, Scarlette Douglas and Charlene White were booted out, also sparking outrage as they were the only black women in camp
  • Previous campmate Arlene Phillips spoke out about female contestants often being sent home early, as she appeared on MailOnline’s Jungle Confidential
  • The series was also said to be racist for the second year running after the show’s remaining non-white contestants ended up in the bottom two on Sunday
  • The ITV show’s winners have been consistently white throughout its 20-year history, while nine women have been crowned Queen of the Jungle

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is facing accusations of sexism, after already becoming embroiled in a race row, as Jill Scott became the last woman standing with seven men. 

Sue Cleaver was voted out of the show on Monday night, making her the third female campmate to be evicted in a row.

Previously, Scarlette Douglas and Charlene White were booted out, also sparking outrage as they were the only black women in camp.

Uproar: I'm A Celebrity ¿ Get Me Out Of Here! is facing accusations of sexism, after already becoming embroiled in a race row after Sue Cleaver (pictured) was voted out of the show on Monday night

Uproar: I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! is facing accusations of sexism, after already becoming embroiled in a race row after Sue Cleaver (pictured) was voted out of the show on Monday night

Viewers at home to to social media to complain that the British public was showing sexist tendencies and lament the lack of females left in the jungle, calling it ‘depressing’.

One wrote: ‘I hate to say it, but sexism rears it’s ugly head. Charlene, Scarlette and now Sue…..’ 

Another echoed: ‘I’m not saying British voting public are racist and sexist, but…’

While a third agreed, writing: ‘3 women leaving in a row – there’s something inherently sexist about that, and Matt f******g Hancock is still there – d******d’. 

Accusations: Previously, Scarlette Douglas (pictured) and Charlene White were booted out, also sparking outrage as they were the only black women in camp

Accusations: The series was also said to be racist, for the second year running

Accusations: Previously, Scarlette Douglas (L) and Charlene White (R) were booted out, also sparking outrage as they were the only black women in camp

And a fourth added: ‘Sue voted out of #ImACeleb leaving just 1 woman and 7 men. 

‘Why do all the immensely capable women get the boot? Are they not worthy winners? Depressing.’

Previous campmate Arlene Phillips spoke out about female contestants often being sent home early, as she appeared on MailOnline’s Jungle Confidential.

The choreographer, 79, appeared on the show in 2021 where she became the first campmate to be sent home.

Only one left: After the elimination of three women in a row, Jill Scott (pictured) became the last woman standing with seven men

Only one left: After the elimination of three women in a row, Jill Scott (pictured) became the last woman standing with seven men

She was followed out by Snoochie Shy and Kadeena Cox, while the year before saw Victoria Derbyshire and Beverley Callard follow Ruthie Henshall and Hollie Arnold out of the castle, leaving just two women and six men.

Speaking on the departure of Scarlette on Sunday night, Arlene told Katie Hind there were questions about her exit.

She said: ‘I was really surprised, she’s just warm, bubbly, eager to take on challenges, she seems to me to be the perfect jungle contestant. I love her personality. For her there are questions’.

When asked to elaborate, she said: ‘I think why a female quite frankly? Because on our show I was first, then Kadeena then Snoochie.

'Depressing': Viewers at home to to social media to complain that the British public was showing sexist tendencies and lament the lack of females left in the jungle

‘Depressing’: Viewers at home to to social media to complain that the British public was showing sexist tendencies and lament the lack of females left in the jungle

‘Frankie [Bridge] did remain in right until the bitter end, but it did seem to be exclusion of females as quickly as possible.’

‘Charlene I really got her. She was strong and brave. What do females have to do to be recognised? Their strength doesn’t seem to appeal as much as for the male strength.’

Arlene went on to say the problem was systemic, and could be seen in all aspects of society.

She said: ‘It’s very interesting, where women really stand in society. You only need to watch Parliament on TV and as much as parties are trying to bring in females, again in the House of Lords, we are dominated by males, we are swamped by them. 

‘Which is why I think it’s very important for women of every age to be on television. We need to be a stronger dominant force and be able to hold those strong positions.

‘And sometimes I think it’s maybe female viewers because sometimes they’re the ones who do not necessarily support women.’

 She then raised the question: ‘In our year, there were many more men than women, as indeed there are this year. If we were to switch the balance, would it have been different?’ 

The accusations come after the series was also said to be racist, for the second year running after the show’s remaining non-white contestants – Scarlette and Babatúndé Aléshé – ended up in the bottom two of the public vote.

Having her say: Previous campmate Arlene Phillips spoke out about female contestants often being sent home early, as she appeared on MailOnline's Jungle Confidential

Having her say: Previous campmate Arlene Phillips spoke out about female contestants often being sent home early, as she appeared on MailOnline’s Jungle Confidential

This marks the second consecutive year the show has faced such accusations after  Naughty Boy, Kadeena, and DJ Snoochie Shy were evicted early on in the 2021 series – leaving an all-white camp line-up. 

Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette’s shock departure, with one saying: ‘Notice how not one single black person has ever won I’m A Celeb.’ 

Another tweeted: ‘Stop bringing race into it, two out, both black women when there’s horrible problematic white men still in there. And let’s not forget a black person has never won this show. Race is relevant when there is an obvious pattern.’ 

First to go: The choreographer, 79, appeared on the show in 2021 where she became the first campmate to be sent home

First to go: The choreographer, 79, appeared on the show in 2021 where she became the first campmate to be sent home

A third viewer said: ‘If you still need proof that racism is very much alive and kicking in this country, two black women have now been consecutively voted out and the only black man in the jungle was in close danger of leaving. Still think we’re pulling the race card, boomers?’

Another said: ‘Charlene, now Scarlette. Love Island, Strictly. Black women don’t stand a chance on reality TV. It just shows how racist and sexist this country is.

And a fifth echoed: ‘Anyone who doesn’t question the possibility that the Charlene/Scarlette result could be racist, be it conscious or unconscious, is ignorant. It can’t be proven either way but that uncertainty should make us all feel uncomfortable – not just blindly state it isn’t racism.’ 

The ITV show’s winners have been consistently white throughout its 20-year history.

Angry: Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette's shock departure, with one saying: 'notice how not one single black person has ever won I'm A Celeb'

Angry: Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette’s shock departure, with one saying: ‘notice how not one single black person has ever won I’m A Celeb’

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