It turns out that popular YouTuber 22-year-old Jack Maynard may not be the only famous face to prematurely leave the hit British reality TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! for making a string of offensive comments.
Jack Maynard is the brother of the better-known YouTuber and singer 25-year-old Conor Maynard, who some refer to as the British Justin Bieber. Jack, on the other hand, is famous for his popular vlogs, challenges and comedy skit videos. Fans of Maynard were left disappointed when he left the show after it was revealed that he’d made a series of offensive comments in 2012. He used offensive and racist language in Tweets that were widely being shared on the internet while Maynard was in Australia. Yesterday, the 22-year-old who has 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube left the show citing “circumstances outside the camp.” The young YouTuber left the jungle so that he could learn more about the allegations and be in a better position to defend himself. His publicist has since made a statement further explaining why Maynard made the decision to leave the reality show: “In the last few days, Jack Maynard has been the subject of a succession of media stories which, given his position as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! – filmed in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world, he has been unable to respond to.” “Since it is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves, it was agreed that it would be better to bring him out of the show.” His publicist also stated that Maynard is very “ashamed” of what he tweeted in 2012 and regrets using language that many have found highly offensive and “completely unacceptable”. But it turns out that Maynard is not the only camper with a questionable past. “Amir Khan is a well-known homophobe who uses ‘gay’ and ‘faggot’ as slugs. He also called a woman he slept with a ‘daft white slut’ all very recently. Why is he still there? #ImACeleb,” wrote one Twitter user wrote. Now fans of the show are calling out ITV, the network that airs I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! for its double standards. In fact, 35-year-old Rebekah Vardy (the wife of soccer player Jamie Vardy) and 30-year-old Amir Khan are both high profile figures who have also made their fair share of inappropriate tweets. Neither of them was as young as Maynard at the time of making their questionable comments either. Many of fans are outraged that Maynard has been unfairly axed from the show and argue that Vardy and Khan should be faced with the same consequences, especially as the show is popular with British families and its contestants should be setting a good example. Both Vardy and Khan have made comments on Twitter featuring undeniably homophobic language, and these tweets have gone viral today. Whilst they don’t excuse Maynard’s behavior, like the Weinstein scandal, they reveal that there’s a darker side to celebrity culture. Four years ago, Vardy referred to someone on Twitter as a “ginger gay w*nker” and described the popular messaging app WhatsApp as “gay”. Khan also made homophobic slurs on Twitter. In one tweet, he tells his followers to beware a Twitter follower who is supposedly gay, and in another, he refers to this Twitter user’s profile picture as “proper gay”. The incessant nature of Khan’s abusive remarks makes them all the more problematic. When news broke that Maynard had been forced to depart from the show, dedicated fans began unearthing tweets proving that he was not the only contestant to use regrettable language on social media. If this has shown us anything, it’s that you should be very careful about what you write on the internet, and it’s likely to stick with you for a very long time if not forever, especially if you’re in the public eye. Needless to say, Maynard, Vardy and Khan are certainly not the only celebrities to have had derogatory tweets resurface from their past. Blake Shelton was recently named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine to the dismay of, well, everyone. And guess what – he was also in hot water over a series of homophobic tweets he had made in the past. Find out more about the debacle from this video: We hope that all three offending I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! are held accountable for their actions.