Ann Widdecombe under fire for using male pronouns when speaking about India Willoughby

Jan 6, 2018 by

by Roisin O’Connor, Independent:

Ann Widdecombe has only been in the Celebrity Big Brother house for five minutes and has already managed to cause several controversies.

The former Conservative politician upset viewers by describing transgender housemate India Willoughby as “he”, as CBB celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage with an all-female lineup.

Willoughby, a journalist and BBC news broadcaster, underwent a full gender reassignment surgery in 2015 and identifies as a woman.

Discussing how they got their names, Willoughby joked that her parents had named her after their favourite takeaway.

Widdecombe quickly remarked: “I think he is pulling your leg.”

An intake of of breath was heard from Willoughby who looked irritated and says: “He? She.

This was not the only instance where Widdecombe misgendered Willoughby on the show. Journalist, editor and author Rachel Johnson – sister of Boris Johnson – has also made the error, however some viewers have accused Widdecombe of doing it deliberately.

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