Amir Khan is facing criticism from I’m A Celeb fans on Twitter after asking possibly the dumbest and most sexist question in the history of the ITV reality series.
I’m A Celeb has featured plenty of contentious male contestants over the years with names like Mike Read, Freddie Starr and Matthew Wright immediately springing to mind.
But these guys never said anything quite as controversial as Khan just did during his stint in the jungle when he asked his fellow contestants: “Can a woman be Prime Minister?”
Yes, that’s right, 30-year-old Amir Khan is not only unaware that women can hold the office of Prime Minister, he’s also seemingly unaware that Theresa May currently holds that position of power. Oh and he pretty much forgot about Margaret Thatcher too, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The question came after fellow celeb Stanley Johnson, Boris Johnson’s father, was voted to be Prime Minister of the camp. It was then that Khan asked Johnson: “If something God forbid happened to you is it possible that a woman could take over?”
Johnson replied: “Well a woman could take over because Toff [another contestant on the show] is my deputy.” Soon enough, Khan was asking the question that left fans across the country aghast: “Has there ever been a prime minister?”
Out of nowhere, Khan quickly remembered Thatcher, the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century, was in fact a woman and subsequently urged Johnson to “don’t’ tell anyone” what he had just said. Even then, he made no mention of May though.
Unfortunately, the ITV cameras picked up on the blunder, prompting a raft of criticism from viewers on Twitter, many of whom were upset at the notion that a 30-year-old man might think, even for a second, that a woman couldn’t be prime minister. It is 2017 after all.
— Dan Williams (@Dan_Williams_98) November 26, 2017
Amir: "Has there ever been a female Prime Minister?" ?♂️
Has Amir spent all his life in the Jungle with no outside contact? #ImACeleb
— I'm A Celebrity… Zone (@IACZone) November 26, 2017
— Lewis McDonald (@lewismcdnld) November 26, 2017
Amir khan asks if there has ever been a woman Prime Minister. He is neither witty nor clever. A shameless lack of education is nothing to be proud of. Obviously has no idea Women also died for our votes. #ImACeleb
— charlotte (@tinkerpuss) November 26, 2017
— #ImACeleb Banter (@lmACeIebReacts_) November 26, 2017
I genuinely don’t understand the rallying of Amir Khan. I find he lacks intelligence, he’s mildly sexist, naive, simple-minded, ignorant and just extremely dim. And no, I don’t find any of those attributes endearing. #ImACeleb #ExtraCamp @imacelebrity
— NinaNoo (@NinaYNoo) November 26, 2017
It’s not the first time a bloke has said something absolute insane on the show – Shane Warne revealed his belief that humans descended from aliens during a stint on the Australian version of the series a couple of years back.
The Khan revelations come just days after it was revealed that the boxer is the highest paid celebrity of all-time on the reality series having earned close to £400,000 after signing up to do the show.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.