Male CBB housemates accused of ageism as they nominate Barrie and Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe and Amanda Barrie are now facing a backdoor eviction.
Celebrity Big Brother viewers have accused the male housemates of ageism after they nominated Ann Widdecombe and Amanda Barrie for eviction.
The house has been split into two teams – men and women – and each side was asked to select two housemates from the other side to face elimination.
The male and female teams will compete in a series of tasks and the nominated housemates from the losing side will face a dreaded backdoor eviction.
Viewers were horrified as the men, including Ginuwine, Jonny Mitchell and Daniel O’Reilly, chose to save younger ladies Malika Haqq, Jess Impiazzi and presenter Ashley James – and put Widdecombe, 70, and Barrie, 82, up for the chop.
One angry viewer wrote on Twitter: “The lads in #cbb need to be brought up for ageism.. if it was the opposite way around and it was racism or homophobia they would’ve been brought up for it straight away.
“Not fair at all.”
The lads in #cbb need to be brought up for ageism.. if it was the opposite way around and it was racism or homophobia they would’ve been brought up for it straight away. Not fair at all.
— ☁️ emma ☁️ (@hey_kidrauhl_) January 21, 2018
“The men, with the exception of Wayne (Sleep), are blatantly ageist,” said another.
The men, with the exception of Wayne, are blatantly ageist #CBB
— Shelley Retallick (@ShellRetallick) January 21, 2018
One person asked: “Are the men threatened by the older stronger women?”
One said: “Seems to be a running theme of BB that younger male housemates will always nominate older female housemates.”
Seems to be a running theme of BB that younger male housemates will always nominate older female housemates. #CBB
— Garry Walpole (@GJ69) January 21, 2018
“Bit of ageist voting going on there methinks #cbb,” said another.
This year’s series of the Channel 5 reality show has Year of the Woman as its theme.
It started with just female housemates and the men entered at a later stage.
So far the only contestants to have been eliminated are women in their 50s and 60s – Maggie Oliver, India Willoughby and Rachel Johnson.
During Sunday’s show, the women selected comedian O’Reilly and football star John Barnes as their nominated housemates.
Barnes took the news in his stride but O’Reilly – whose stage name is Dapper Laughs – was visibly upset.
— Sian (@uncle_b79) January 21, 2018
“Dapper Laughs has Dapper Humps. Stop being so sensitive!” tweeted one fan, while another person suggested: “Oh dapper laughs get over yourself.”
Celebrity Big Brother continues on Channel 5.