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CBB star India Willoughby says drag queens like RuPaul 'cheapen' transgender cause

The transgender journalist has raised eyebrows with her comments in the house.

2018-01-04

Celebrity Big Brother star India Willoughby has raised eyebrows after claiming that people can't distinguish between a transgender person and someone in drag.

The journalist and former ITV Border reporter entered the CBB house on Tuesday as part of an all-female house as the reality show celebrated the 'Year of the Woman'. 

Speaking to fellow housemate Maggie Oliver about Drag Queens on Tuesday (January 2), Willoughby said: "For people like me it's not a part-time thing and it's not a choice.

"That word transgender can mean everything from RuPaul to someone who's Bob one day and Barbara another day and I think that cheapens the seriousness of it." 

Viewers were quick to take issue with Willoughby's comments on Twitter.

One user wrote: "No sorry @IndiaWilloughby gf @RuPaul is not transgender. You of all people should educate yourself about your people and not judge #CelebrityBigBrother #CBB". 

Another user wrote: "WTF is @IndiaWilloughby chatting sh*t about? Drag queens aren't classed as a sexuality like she was insinuating. This misinformation is dangerous considering the amount of heteros that watch this ffs. #CelebrityBigBrother #cbb #CBBUK".

Meanwhile, Boy George tweeted: "Not loving @IndiaWilloughby comments. Anyone who promotes difference is part of the daisy change of change, including @rupaul and Bob in a dress on Friday!" 

Willoughby's presence in the Celebrity Big Brother house already been swept up in controversy after former Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins made a series of anti-trans remarks about the star during her entrance earlier this week.

Celebrity Big Brother continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 5.