Celebrity Big Brother fans outraged by Winston McKenzie's homophobic comments
The drama kicked off even before Winston McKenzie entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last night as viewers reacted with outrage to his homophobic comments.
The former UKIP spokesman made the comments during his introductory video recording, which aired before he arrived on stage with Emma Willis.
"I could cope with a homosexual in the house - I guess I'll just have to and with my back against a brick wall all the time." he said.
The 62-year-old faced backlash on Twitter as viewers questioned why his comments were aired and why he was not challenged on them by Willis.
There are two gay contestants in the house - John Partridge and Christopher Maloney - and fans expect fireworks to erupt as McKenzie's views are aired in the house.
Big Brother's Bit On the Side presenter Rylan Clarke, who also happens to be gay, said, "I'm alreayd having a brick wall made for his eviction, just in case."
McKenzie also caused consternation by saying he wanted to make fellow housemate Nancy Dell'Ollio "submissive".
"I don’t care too much about shape or size… well I do, it is important… but I have wide-ranging tastes,' he said.
"Colour or creed is not important, but I want to love her. Someone who’s vibrant and jealous. And that’s what Nancy is.
"She likes to fight. I need to work on her mind first, and make sure she becomes submissive. You can’t just charge in like a bull in a china shop, can you?"
Winston. Back to the wall? I suspect you will be entirely safe. #CBB— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) January 5, 2016
Why on EARTH would they allow homophobic comments in Winston's opening VT when they're completely forbidden in the house? #CBB— IncrediblyRich (@IncrediblyRich) January 5, 2016
Did Winston just commit a hate crime with that "backs against the wall" comment or have they changed the law again? #CBB— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) January 5, 2016