Caitlyn Jenner Has Been On I’m A Celebrity For One Day And An ITV Presenter Has Already Misgendered Her

There are fears about how trans viewers will be affected watching the show.

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by Georgia Aspinall |
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In last night’s episode of I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, host Joel Dommett referred to campmate Caitlyn Jenner as a ‘guy’ in a comment that has since caused criticism. It comes as fears rise within the transgender community about how trans viewers will be affected watching the show.

‘Two athletes, Caitlyn and James ended up in Snake Rock, I can’t believe that the two fittest guys, you know?’ Dommett said in conversation with fellow host Emily Atack, alongside guests Alison Hammond and John Barrowman, on the spin-off show.

The comment has since received backlash online, with at least one Twitter user complaining to Ofcom about it (Ofcom is yet to release their figures about the actual number of complaints). ‘Disappointed and angered by this comment tonight,’ Corrie David tweeted. ‘Can’t believe itv2 didn’t brief their staff on trans issues and how damaging comments like this could be before allowing them to present? Lazy and disrespectful.’

‘This is so gross, and so humiliating for her,’ another added. ‘I feel like I’m A Celeb this year is gonna make everything so difficult for the trans community, but more importantly trans women. There’s no level of basic respect.’

While some are defending Dommett’s comment as a ‘slip of the tongue’, many are pointing out that using someone’s correct gender is the bare minimum he can do. Because, while learning and understanding issues within the trans community is a process that can result in slip-ups, this man is a professional TV host whose entire job revolves around researching and commentating on campmates. We should be able to expect a basic understanding of gender identity and a respect for the campmates' pronouns from him.

The comments come alongside greater fears within the trans community around Jenner’s appearance on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here. Shortly after it was announced that she would appear on the show, trans activists shared their concerns that her appearance will prompt offensive and/or incessant questions that many young trans people still processing their own journey may feel unqualified to answer.

More explicitly than that, Jenner’s appearance has undoubtedly led to many transphobic comments being made online. In fact, the hashtag Bruce Jenner was trending last night as so many people refused to call Jenner by her actual name. While Caitlyn does often refer to herself as Bruce, this practice is called deadnaming and is often used in an attempt to discredit transgender people’s identities.

While it’s impossible to avoid offensive trending hashtags, it is possible to remove problematic comments from your personal timeline – by unfollowing transphobic people. After all, your social media is an echo chamber; other than adverts and promoted content it is completely designed by you and who you choose to follow. So, if you’re seeing offensive posts on your timeline, it is entirely within your remit to unfollow or block those people. Just like sometimes it’s time to cut off your problematic friends, now is the time to cull your social media of those you don’t want to associate with.

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I'm A Celebrity 2019 line-up official RADIO STACKED

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Ian Wright

Former footballer and Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright is heading into the jungle. Ian Wright is rumoured to be earning the second-highest wage of £400,000 while in the jungle. But during an appearance at the Royal Concert hall in Nottingham last week, Harry Redknapp, last year's King of the Jungle, revealed Wright would be earning one million as someone tweeted: "Just got home from seeing @Redknapp in Nottingham. Interestingly, he let slip that Ian Wright has been paid £1m to appear on this year's #ImaCeleb."

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Nadine Coyle

Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle will be facing her fears on the show. What Nadine will be earning has been kept quiet for now, however, the average amount that stars of I'm A Celebrity earn is between £10,000 and £80,000.

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Myles Stephenson

He won The X Factor with his band Rak-Su, but can Gabby Allen's ex-boyfriend win I'm A Celebrity?

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Kate Garraway

She's used to putting up with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, so the jungle should be a doddle for TV presenter Kate Garraway. Kate's co-presenter Ben Shepard teased Kate on Good Morning Britain: "I can't wait for you to go away for a month," and Kate responded: "I can neither confirm nor deny."

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James Haskell

He's used to being the hard man on a rugby pitch, so how will James Haskell cope in a jungle full of creepy crawlies? Although we can't confirm what James Haskell will be pulling in, last year's contestant John Barrowman received £200,000.

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Caitlyn Jenner

Reportedly the highest paid star to ever grace the jungle, Kylie and Kendall Jenner's dad Caitlyn is set to reveal some major Kardashian gossip.

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Jacqueline Jossa

Former EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of past soap stars on the show. Bosses are reportedly hoping she dishes the dirt on her on'/off marriage to reality star Dan Osborne.

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Adele Roberts

Big Brother 3 star Adele Roberts is going back to her reality TV roots for the 2019 series.

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Roman Kemp

Roman is a TV personality and son of former EastEnders actor Martin Kemp. He's set to bring some eye candy to the jungle. Roman has wanted to go into the jungle for quite some time as he told Digital Spy in 2017: "The only reality show I would do is I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! purely because I would get a holiday and get to see Ant & Dec every day!"

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Andrew Maxwell

Irish comedian Andrew is set to bring the laughs to the jungle and we actually can't wait. There has been no details referring to what Andrew could be earning, yet latecomer Noel Edmunds earned £600,000, the highest amount that has been paid to any celebrity on the show.

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Andrew Whyment

Coronation Street star Andy Whyment AKA Kirk Sutherland is a late arrival into the jungle!

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Cliff Parisi

Former EastEnders star and current Call The Midwife actor Cliff Parisi is a late arrival alongside Andy Whyment!

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