Viewers sign petition in outrage after I’m A Celebrity’s “sick” bushtucker trial
Last night’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! caused some serious viewer backlash online, after a bushtucker trial required contestants to hold live insects in their mouths.
Last night (Sunday) saw celebrities Martin Roberts and Adam Thomas take part in a pretty gruesome challenge in order to win meals for their camp.
The bushtucker trial was named “Pick n Critz” and basically demanded the celebs hold a whole array of insects in their mouths whilst they struggled to get free.
I’m A Celeb is renowned for it’s stomach-turning, insect-eating challenges, but the torture of live creatures for entertainment purposes was just too much for many viewers last night. Fans of the ITV show took to Twitter, labelling the trial “cruel” and “awful”.
I really do disagree with the use of living animals on #ImACeleb
— Rebecca Burnage (@becburnage) November 27, 2016
At the risk of being a party pooper I find this trial rather cruel on the poor critters !!! #ImACeleb
— jane inglefield (@janeinglefield) November 27, 2016
— Jessica Simpson (@simpsonjess2) November 27, 2016
— TownSeagull (@TownSeagull) November 27, 2016
what kind of sick moron comes up with half this shit on I’m a celeb. it is awful and cruel to animals
— abBrie (@critchq) November 27, 2016
Watching this trial and all I can think is how this show has no respect for animals, so cruel #ImACeleb
— ✨MEGΔN✨ (@megaano14) November 27, 2016
At time of writing, nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition aimed at UK TV watchdog Ofcom and the makers of I’m A Celebrity, under the hashtag “#EndTVAnimalSuffering”.
The petition asks that UK television programmes are forced to obey the Animal Welfare Act, even when filming abroad.
It reads: “At the moment, there are no Ofcom rules or guidelines directly addressing animal welfare.
“Without these rules in place and sanctions enabled to be imposed, animals are facing unnecessary suffering in UK television production, which understandably causes upset to viewers as well as distress to those animals.
“We therefore call on Ofcom to take immediate action to introduce the above rules, requiring that UK TV companies adhere to the Animal Welfare Act at all times, even when filming abroad.”
This is not the first time that the reality show has been subject to criticism over animal cruelty. In fact, Scarlett Moffatt was only just recently accused of “murdering” a beetle during one of I’m A Celeb‘s eating trials.
Is it time I’m A Celeb became a bit more animal friendly?
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues nightly at 9pm on ITV.