I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here is under fire again for the Bushtucker trials, with viewers complaining they constitute animal cruelty.
But it’s not the celebrity bottom-feeders the viewing public are worried about – it’s the insects.
Sunday’s show saw two contestants – the little known Adam Thomas and Martin Roberts – take part in a Bushtucker trial that required them to hold live insects in their mouths for 30 seconds, reports The Mirror.
The two D-listers had to hold spiders, cockroaches and crickets in their mouths, trapping the poor critters in their dank orifices.
Just days after Ray Mears criticised ITV for disrespecting aboriginal culture and cuisine during Bushtucker trials, viewers quickly took to Twitter to call the trial out for animal cruelty.
Hate the stupid Im a Celeb trials that are cruel to insects/animals.. poor bastard spider
— Tom Richardson (@Tom_Ricco) November 27, 2016
actually feel sorry for the insects they use on im a celeb
— Megan Lea-Redmond (@meglearedmondx) November 27, 2016
Watching #imaceleb cant help feeling bad for these insects being trapped in someone's mouth. poor things. bet they're having a right panic.
— Josie Kemp (@josie_kemp_) November 28, 2016
I don't think insects really enjoy being in people's mouth to be honest #ImACeleb
— Turley (@LydTurley) November 27, 2016
— Jools (@Jools_Orca) November 27, 2016
First time I've had the misfortune of watching #ImACeleb. What is this freak show? That is not the way to treat animals, even insects.
— Mark (@marksixtynine) November 27, 2016
Is it because insects aren't fluffy and cute? Is that why people ignore the animal crueltly on #ImACeleb? 🤔
— CLΔIRE (@Claireyyyy) November 27, 2016
This controversy has sparked a rather interesting debate on consciousness, with some people taking the stance that insects are little automatons who operate without feeling.
However, according to Smithsonian a 2016 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers suggest that insects have the capacity ‘for the most basic aspect of consciousness: subjective experience.’
So frankly, with the amount of shit that comes out of Martin’s mouth, those poor insects were in for really dark times.
Who’d have thought the most mindless, brain cell destroying programme on TV could actually spark an intellectual debate?
I’m A Celeb, I underestimated you.