‘Celebrity Big Brother’: India Willoughby Criticised For Comparing Drag to Black Face

Fans were not impressed by India's comments.

‘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:

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:

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.

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