‘Loose Women’ has come under fire from viewers once again, after the show's presenters held a debate about bisexuality on Thursday’s (25 February) show.
The panellists sparked a backlash as they discussed whether or not they would be able to have a relationship with a bisexual man, in light of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comment that he is "23% gay".
Jane Moore admitted she would find it difficult if she found out that her husband was also attracted to men, claiming she'd question whether he would be thinking about another man while they were together.
While Ruth Langsford said that she "would like to think" it wouldn’t change her relationship with husband Eamonn Holmes if she discovered he was bisexual, she ultimately admitted it would affect her, as she would feel “like she had been lied to”.
The pair’s comments prompted a stream of tweets from viewers - many claimed that the issue should have not been debated from the perspective of four straight women:
@loosewomen Please don't have four intolerant straight women discuss bisexuality.— Rose (@KickingRoses) February 25, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
Loose women dont really understand bisexuality at all, no surprise— Josh (@BoredXCore) February 25, 2016
Others said their comments reinforced misconceptions about bisexuals and faithful relationships:
The ladies on @loosewomen today just seem to be further perpetuating the idea that bisexual people are unable to think/feel monogamously.— Ellie Winfield (@elliemw3) February 25, 2016
The 'Loose Women' were also accused of perpetuating prejudices against bisexual people with their views:
@loosewomen surely asking such a question could raise homophobia as long as the man/woman is faithful what's the issue— Aj2016 (@Aodhanjames) February 25, 2016
SO over this idea that bisexuality is an infidelity issue, bi-phobia is so real and won't end until shite like @loosewomen is axed forever— Choirstaidh (@choirstaidh) February 25, 2016
Loose Women is trash. Why not, what's wrong with a bisexual partner? Don't act like its a perversion or abnormal. pic.twitter.com/VAdVlMWImN— Liz ♡ (@rabeatkinsons) February 25, 2016
Their comments are the reason bisexual people don't come out. #loosewomen— taylor (@tayhils) February 25, 2016
While many wanted to point out that love is love, whoever it occurs between:
why are loose women talking about how if their partner said they were bisexual, it would change things?? How does it change anything?????— crystal beth✨ (@BethSouls) February 25, 2016
@loosewomen The fuck?!? Why does it matter if someone is bisexual? If they love you and are loyal to you, that's all that matters.— Nikkie ◟̽◞̽ (@R3ject_) February 25, 2016
#loosewomen talking about bisexual men, it's not hard, if he's interested in you, who cares about his sexuality?— phⓋebe (@sexandfeminism) February 25, 2016
Before the show, the official ‘Loose Women’ Twitter account also asked followers if they “could date a bisexual man”.
The offending tweet read: “Comic Sacha Baron Cohen reckons he is 23% gay, despite being married with three kids. But could you date a bisexual man?”
The post has since been deleted.
However, it is not the first time the show's Twitter account has landed them in hot water, as last year, they ran a poll asking if it is ever a woman's fault if she is raped.
‘Loose Women’ airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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