Is sultry jungle showering degrading or empowering? Should men do the washing? And should women ever be expected to do the heavy lifting when there are men around?
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! isn’t a show you’d often equate with serious debate – unless you’re talking Soupgate – but there was more than enough profound discussion to go around the camp on day 7.
It all kicked off with a tiff about Duncan Banntyne’s jungle washing skills, which Brian Freedman deemed dismal. “Duncan is not a bloke you can imagine down the creek doing the washing”, Tony Hadley chipped in, defending the former Dragon. “If I’m honest, and I’m not being funny but two ladies would be much better than Duncan.”
That statement didn’t go down too well in the camp: “So Tony has announced that women are better at laundry and doing the washing than men are,” Vicky Pattison fumed in the Bush Telegraph. “Right OK, there’s me thinking I’m in the jungle, not some time machine!”
And she wasn’t the only one fuming about it either.
— The Mighty Quinn (@TeamQuinn) November 22, 2015
Pattison’s apparent refusal to play up to the “tottie” label many had placed on her has proven a right TV treat.
In fact, both the reality star and Jorgie Porter have brought a touch of reality to the now almost mythical ‘Myleene Shower Scene’, with Porter finding the water absolutely freezing, and Pattison protesting that it’s just not all it’s cracked up to be.
“I kept dropping my soap, I’ve seen other people do it, close their eyes, head back, and they do it so effortlessly sexy. But I had loads of soap in my eyes, shampoo everywhere, I tried to be sexy but my eyes were just stinging, I couldn’t see,” Vicky explained. “It was a disaster, I’m not a jungle sexy shower scene girl”
Pattison’s no-nonsense girl power patience with a blindfolded Ferne on the Horror Flying Circus Bushtucker Trial – and the pair’s budding jungle friendship – won her a rather special place in the viewing public’s hearts.
Vicky and Ferne are the best comedy duo since the Chuckle Brothers ?? #ImACeleb
— Dan Clifford (@DanCliffordCTFC) November 22, 2015
I have no idea who Vicky Pattinson is but I think I love her. #imaceleb
— Jojo Moyes (@jojomoyes) November 22, 2015
Vicky is so brilliant and encouraging – I love her! #imaceleb
— Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) November 22, 2015
Ferne and Vicky turn out to be brave sisterly funny and thoughtful. God some people must be disappointed #ImACeleb
— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) November 22, 2015
Move over Lady C, Lady V’s fast becoming I’m A Celeb’s new queen of the jungle thanks to her girl power attitude.
It’s just a pity that whoever was on Pattison’s Twitter account during the broadcast didn’t get the memo.
— Vicky Pattison (@VickyPattison) November 22, 2015
“let’s not be sexist here” thank god someone said it #ImACeleb
— bethany gubler (@daisyjemma) November 22, 2015
— Suzy Twigg (@suzytwigg) November 22, 2015
— Gem Curtis (@Gem_Curtis) November 22, 2015
This is so sexist it's painful to watch #ImACeleb
— Hannah (@hanelizabethblg) November 22, 2015
While others could see where Eubank was coming from…
I find that so offensive being called sexist cos he's being a gentleman and caring for a women that's the way it's supposed to be #ImACeleb
— Shaunna East (@shaunnaeast) November 22, 2015
I'd still make her do it though?
— James Jordan (@The_JamesJordan) November 22, 2015
If I hold a door open for a lady, is it because she's not strong enough to pull the door herself? Course not! Or maybe I'm sexist. #ImACeleb
— Andy Liversidge ?? (@Mr_Livers) November 22, 2015
— Laura Hughes (@monkeytuesdays) November 22, 2015
Honestly don't believe Chris intended to be sexist at all. Was just being considerate, people to quick to assume the worst #imaceleb
— Ross Lindsay (@RossLP93) November 22, 2015
Is it sexist to suggest women are better at doing the washing? Is it chivalrous to say women shouldn’t have do the heavy lifting when there are men around?
And which is rife in the I’m A Celeb camp – sexism or chivalry? That, dear readers, is the question.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! continues on ITV1 at 9.00pm on Monday November 24th