Should Jack Maynard Have Left 'I'm A Celebrity'?
22 November 2017, 11:14
Jack's sudden exit caught viewers by surprise
The surprise exit of YouTuber Jack Maynard from British reality show 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!' has been the subject of much debate online. The question is what exactly caused him to leave, and whether he even needed to leave at all. Let's start with why exactly he left.
Why did Jack leave?
Jack's departure was down to two factors: the unearthing of some problematic tweets from his past and the release of some explicit photos he allegedly sent to a fan. The details of this latter situation are hazy at best at the moment, so let's focus on the tweet scandal.
A series of controversial tweets from Jack's past were uncovered while he was still in the Jungle. Jack has left 'I'm A Celebrity' to deal with this issue. According to The Sun: "Producers were locked in crisis talks for hours."
A statement was then issued by a spokesperson for Jack, which said:
"In the last few days Jack has been the subject of a succession of media stories which, given his position as a contestant on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' - filmed in the Australian jungle, with no contact with the outside world, he has been unable to respond to."Since it is only fair that everyone should be aware of any allegations made against them and should also have the right to defend themselves, it was agreed that it would be better to bring him out of the show."
Should he have left?
A lot of the debate online centres on whether Jack should have left the show due to this issue. As with the Zoe Sugg tweet controversy, a lot of people are arguing that unearthing tweets from years ago is not a fair way to judge a person's character.
ITV booting Jack Maynard out is ridiculous. Judge people based on their CURRENT beliefs and attitude. Everybody was young & dumb once. I used to use offensive words / jokes carelessly in my teens. I’ve never been homophobic or racist. Everybody grows & learns. #BringBackJack— Jack Dean (@Jaack) November 22, 2017
#BringBackJack yous have lost a lot of views now 😂 all because of something he tweeted 6 YEARS AGO people change but apparently itv doesn't understand that— when will Luke Hemmings notice me (@HannahxFowler) November 21, 2017
someone fucking finally from our generation went in, actually made us excited then they fucking took out bc of shit from 4/5 years ago?! They’ll lose so many views ahahahahaha #BringBackJack— ivvssss❤️🐺 (@KaraokeBreen) November 21, 2017
However, a lot of these arguments revolve around the idea that Jack was made to leave the show, which is not immediately clear at the moment. It could be that Jack was forced out, but judging by the statements from his representatives, it seems like he left voluntarily, in order to handle things personally. Either way, the tweets would have undoubtedly derailed the show somewhat, as it would have consumed the focus of the audience.
The question of whether a person's old tweets should affect them now is one that is being hotly debated online. Jack is not going to be the last person who is caught out by past statements online and we in the YouTube community need to reach an answer as to have we respond.