TV watchdog rejects complains on Ann Widecombe over her homophobia on CBB

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Broadcast regulator Ofcom has rejected more than 100 complaints about former Tory MP’s anti-gay remarks made on Celebrity Big Brother. The Conservative politician repeatedly clashed with Courtney Act, real name Shane Jenek, and noted that to her mind marriage could be defined only as a union of one man and one woman. Widdecombe criticised Jenek’s “lewd” behaviour with fellow housemate Andrew Brady, calling the pair “disgusting” and telling Brady that his mother and grandmother would be ashamed of him for flirting with a man. Ofcom has since rejected 128 complaints about “sexual orientation discrimination” in the episode that aired on January 25, in which Widdecombe nominated Brady for eviction, as well as a further nine complaints about homophobia in other episodes. CBB Bit On The Side host Rylan recently said he faced abuse following the series for his favourable comments about Widdecombe and social media users labeled him a disgrace of LGBT community.

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