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Viewers Demand Apology Over Arlene Phillips' OCD Comment On I'm A Celebrity

Stewart Perrie

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Viewers Demand Apology Over Arlene Phillips' OCD Comment On I'm A Celebrity

The first episode of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off last night (November 23) and we got to see another batch of famous people get out of their comfort zones.

However, it wasn't long before viewers highlighted the first problematic thing to happen.

As choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, television judge and presenter Arlene Phillips was on her way to the Welsh castle, she remarked how she was going to find it difficult to be in the dingy conditions.

"I cannot live with dirt," she said in the pre-recorded segment. "I am completely OCD about everything in my life being organised, clean, neat and tidy."

While it might seem like an innocent comment, there were loads of people who took issue with what Arlene said because it's insensitive to people who actually have obsessive compulsive disorder.

One viewer wrote: "Thought that @ITV would be more understanding and empathetic about mental health- they should have never allowed Arlene Phillips to make such an insensitive comment about OCD. As a sufferer, something like this comment has really upset me watching it! And it's only 2 mins in!"

Another person added: "No Arlene. You are not OCD about being clean. OCD is a mental health disorder. You can be clean, particular or tidy, but you can't BE OCD."

OCD is described as when people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).

It can come in a variety of ways and every person with the disorder will have tics that are unique to them.

Saying that you're OCD because you like things neat and tidy has been a part of people's vernacular for years, however that doesn't mean it's okay.

Many of Arlene's critics are hoping this high-profile moment will encourage people not to use the term unless they're actually referring to someone who has OCD.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, I'm a celeb

Stewart Perrie
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