Celebrity Big Brother: Ann Widdecombe calls Courtney Act and Andrew Brady’s love ‘disgusting’
Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has sparked a considerable backlash after she called the ‘love’ between housemates Courtney and Andrew disgusting.
During Monday’s episode housemates Andrew and Shane – the given name of drag star Courtney Act – were seen playfighting once again in the CBB house.
Afterwards, the pair entered the kitchen to see the rest of the housemates.
Spotting Ann Widdecombe, Shane said to her whilst hugging Andrew: “You might not respect our marriage Ann but you have to recognise our love!”
Ann Widdecombe then replied: “Don’t be disgusting.”
“Disgusting?” Shane said as the conversation returned to sorting out who would take John’s vacant bed after his surprise eviction.
Shane and Ann have clashed on the subject of same-sex marriage previously, as Ann is staunchly opposed to marriage equality.
Andrew and Shane/Courtney have attracted much of the viewers’ attention with their blossoming bromance which so far has involved Andrew Brady kissing Shane and admitting to a crush on Courtney Act.
This weekend, the pair disappeared into a toilet together, fueling this speculation.
During Monday’s episode, Andrew compared his relationship with Shane to that of potential showmance Ashley James and rapper Ginuwine.
He said: “I think our relationship has gone further than [Guniwine] and Ashley’s.”
Housemate Daniel O’Reilly responded: “So long as you know who is a top and who is a bottom.”
After her initial comments, Ann complained to roommate Amanda Barrie about the possibility of Andrew and Shane moving into their bedroom.
She said: “They’re trying to foist Shane and Andrew on us, even you can’t be that complacent.”
Ann did not give a reason for her staunch objection to sharing a bedroom with the pair, though she did refuse to share a room with housemate Jonny Mitchell due to his late sleeping pattern.
Discussing the incident later, Andrew said he was ‘mortified’ by Ann’s response.
Daniel O’Reilly, who had been saved from eviction earlier that episode, suggested that Ann’s views were a product of her age.
He said: “Some of our grandparents would be like that.”
It was then suggested that Ann intended the comment as an ill-advised joke, however viewers were quick to condemn Ann’s comment regardless.
Several viewers called Ann herself disgusting for her comment.
Others stated that Ann’s age should not be an excuse for homophobic views.
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Whether this was an accurate reflection of Ann’s views or not, her comment will not be a surprise to some.
The former MP has a horrific record on LGBT rights, and as Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald from 1987 until 2010, she vehemently opposed gay rights – voting to block them at every opportunity.
The devout Christian has previously expressed support for so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy – the false idea that a person can change their sexuality.
She also campaigned against the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales and said she felt ‘alienated’ by marriage equality.
Despite entering the house at 50/1 odds of winning, Ann is now the second favourite to win the reality show.