Amir Khan left I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! viewers tickled as well as outraged during last night’s episode of the ITV reality show, with the boxing champ asking if a woman is eligible to be prime minister during a “sexist” conversation with his fellow contestants.
The 30-year-old star, whose wife is expecting their second child, seemed to have no idea that the UK’s current prime minister is Theresa May – who is very much a woman.
Proving why he is more known for his brawn than his brains, Amir was talking to the camp’s Prime Minister Stanley Johnson when the remark slipped out.
Speaking to Stanley, Amir asked: “If something God forbid happened to you is it possible that a woman could take over?”
Stanley replied: “Well a woman would take over because Toff [Georgia Toffolo] is my deputy.”
Digging a little deeper, Amir asked: “Has there ever been a woman prime minister?” before quickly remembering Margaret Thatcher.
Amir’s shocked campmates quickly pointed out that he had forgotten Theresa May, with an embarrassed Amir seemingly forgetting that he is on a TV show, immediately responding: “Don’t tell anyone that!”
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with Amir’s comments and took to the microblogging site to share their response to the gaffe, including comic Jason Manford:
Amir Khan “has there ever been a female prime minister?”
I’m starting to feel a little bit hard done to when I was partnered with him on Celeb Who Wants to Be a Millionaire! #imaceleb pic.twitter.com/SqylNk5pPh
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) November 26, 2017
— Lewis McDonald (@lewismcdnld) November 26, 2017
— Lizzie (@lizzieblix) November 26, 2017
— Cathryn Johnson (@CathrynJ4) November 26, 2017
Amir Khan just asked if there's ever "been a woman Prime Minister". I didn't recognise Theresa May as a PM either, it's ok. #imaceleb
— aleesha (@a_leesha1) November 26, 2017
Amir is coming across as a bit of a misogynist / sexist man. Seriously Amir??? You don't know our current prime minister is a woman. Wow!.. and yes women can be prime ministers. Also men can cry dear and show emotions. Nothing weak about that. #ImACeleb #ImACelebrity
— Natasha (@l__Natasha__l) November 26, 2017
— Rach_Marie♡♡ (@RachelFry92) November 26, 2017
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues at 9pm on ITV tonight.