Newly vegan Beverley Callard has been accused of cheating in the eating trial on 'I'm a Celebrity' by viewers, simply for being vegan.
It was revealed on Monday night’s I’m a Celebrity that the show has another vegan contestant, Beverley Callard. A cause for celebration? Apparently not.
The newly vegan Beverley, who is best known for playing Liz McDonald in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street, has been accused of cheating on the show simply because she follows a plant-based diet.
This meant that during the eating trial, she was served up fermented fruits and tofu instead of the various animal body parts that Vernon Kay and Jordan North were forced to stomach.
So was she cheating? I mean, it does make some sense – eating animal body parts is nastier than eating fruit and tofu.
‘What vegan food can be that bad?’
One viewer wrote: “What vegan food can be that bad? Surely being vegan for this is cheating?”
While another questioned: “Don’t get it. If her dishes are vegan how is that going to be hard or challenging ?”
We’ll take that as a win for veganism – if vegan food isn’t bad, let’s all stop eating animals!
However, campmate Vernon Kay did remark that he’d choose his own dishes over her fermented tofu, purely based on the apparently rancid smell. Anyone else now sniffing their tofu?
Is ‘I’m a Celebrity’ vegan-friendly?
While the show has had a few other vegan celebrities – Fleur East, Sair Khan and AJ Pritchard – it has been heavily criticised for its use of animals for entertainment.
The RSPCA expressed their concerns, stating that over the years, animals had been “dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences”.
They also criticised the show for “deliberately portraying certain species as nasty or frightening or as objects that can be used purely for entertainment rather than sentient, living creatures”.
An ITV spokesman countered the charity’s claims, insisting “I’m A Celebrity complies with animal welfare law concerning the use of animals and we are proud of our exemplary production practices.”
Whether this is true, it’s pretty clear that the snakes stuck in the coffin with Jordan North screaming his head off would definitely have been stressed. The show is obviously in existence purely for entertainment, and scared celebrities aren’t going to be careful with these animals.
Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the controversial show is on ITV every night at 9 pm.
In positive animal news, iconic fashion magazine Vogue has declared that ‘Fashion finally needs to disown fur’.
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