I’m A Celebrity: Show in a race row after Scarlette Douglas and Charlene White are first evicted 


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is facing accusations of racism for the second year running after the show’s remaining non-white contestants ended up in the bottom two of the public vote – 48 hours after Charlene White was booted off.

Scarlette Douglas, 36, former presenter of the Channel 4 show A Place In The Sun, became the second star to be eliminated from the series on Sunday night, while comedian Babatúndé Aléshé was also at risk of leaving.

This marks the second consecutive year the show has faced such accusations after  Naughty Boy, Kadeena Cox and DJ Snoochie Shy were the first to leave the 2021 series – leaving an all-white camp line-up. 

Outrage: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is facing accusations of racism for the second year running after the show’s remaining non-white contestants ended up in the bottom two of the public vote – 48 hours after Charlene White (pictured) was booted off

Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette’s shock departure, with one saying: ‘notice how not one single black person has ever won I’m a celeb’.

Another tweeted: ‘”stop bringing race into it” two out, both black women when there’s horrible problematic white men still in there. and let’s not forget a black person has never won this show. race is relevant when there is an obvious pattern’.

A third viewer said: ‘If you still need proof that racism is very much alive and kicking in this country, two black women have now been consecutively voted out and the only black man in the jungle was in close danger of leaving. Still think we’re pulling the race card, boomers?’

Exit: Scarlette Douglas, 36, former presenter of the Channel 4 show A Place In The Sun, became the second star to be eliminated from the series on Sunday night, while comedian Babatúndé Aléshé was also at risk of leaving

Exit: Scarlette Douglas, 36, former presenter of the Channel 4 show A Place In The Sun, became the second star to be eliminated from the series on Sunday night, while comedian Babatúndé Aléshé was also at risk of leaving

Another said: ‘Charlene, now Scarlette. Love Island, Strictly. Black women don’t stand a chance on reality TV. It just shows how racist and sexist this country is.

And a fifth echoed: ‘Anyone who doesn’t question the possibility that the Charlene/Scarlette result could be racist, be it conscious or unconscious, is ignorant. It can’t be proven either way but that uncertainty should make us all feel uncomfortable – not just blindly state it isn’t racism’. 

The ITV show’s winners have been consistently white throughout its 20-year history.

Angry: Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette's shock departure, with one saying: 'notice how not one single black person has ever won I'm a celeb'

Angry: Fans of the ITV show accused viewers of racism on Twitter following Scarlette’s shock departure, with one saying: ‘notice how not one single black person has ever won I’m a celeb’

A source close to Scarlette told MailOnline: ‘All Scarlette could do was be herself on the show and she did everyone proud.

‘There’s nothing she could have done differently, if she isn’t the public’s favourite then that’s that but she did everything she could to show viewers who she really is.’

Scarlette’s fans also tweeted in their hundreds about Matt Hancock and Boy George surviving the second public vote, despite the property expert being a fun and positive energy in camp.

Fix: Scarlette's fans also tweeted in their hundreds about Matt Hancock and Boy George surviving the second public vote, despite the property expert being a fun and positive energy in camp

Fix: Scarlette’s fans also tweeted in their hundreds about Matt Hancock and Boy George surviving the second public vote, despite the property expert being a fun and positive energy in camp

One tweet read: ‘two black women are the first ones out before Matt Hancock lol try and tell me this country isn’t racist’ while another said: ‘Why was Scarlette voted out over Boy George when she was so calming and motivating towards all her campmates?’

During Sunday night’s episode of the show comedian Babatúndé, who Scarlette backs to win, described how it felt being ‘the only black person’ in his drama class, while talking to politician Matt and Seann Walsh.

Matt spoke about being diagnosed with dyslexia, which prompted Baba to talk about his own challenges in life.

Having his say: During Sunday night's episode of the show comedian Babatúndé, who Scarlette backs to win, described how it felt being 'the only black person' in his drama class, while talking to politician Matt and Seann Walsh

Having his say: During Sunday night’s episode of the show comedian Babatúndé, who Scarlette backs to win, described how it felt being ‘the only black person’ in his drama class, while talking to politician Matt and Seann Walsh

He said: ‘I remember when I went to drama school, I didn’t feel seen. I was the only black person in my class, and everything was so British and I felt so out of place.

‘Everybody was always like “Why don’t you know this? Why don’t you know that?” about where you are born.

‘My world is totally different to both of yours and that’s why I loved your story because you felt seen and when I have the liberty to just be who I am – Tottenham-born, Nigerian-raised, in Britain, living in Stevenage, middle class life now, that is just me. The middle-class Baba started to emerge.’

Second uproar: This marks the second consecutive year the show has faced such accusations after Naughty Boy, Kadeena Cox and DJ Snoochie Shy were the first to leave the 2021 series - leaving an all-white camp line-up

Second uproar: This marks the second consecutive year the show has faced such accusations after Naughty Boy, Kadeena Cox and DJ Snoochie Shy were the first to leave the 2021 series - leaving an all-white camp line-up

Second uproar: This marks the second consecutive year the show has faced such accusations after Naughty Boy, Kadeena Cox and DJ Snoochie Shy were the first to leave the 2021 series – leaving an all-white camp line-up 

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