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'Gemma Collins' episode of Your Face Or Mine proves how dated the show's concept is'

An uncomfortable watch, to say the least.

GEMMA COLLINS IS, admittedly, a divisive celebrity. If you were to do a straw poll among your group of friends as to how that feel about the reality star, it’d probably be split down the middle.

She’s been criticised for her diva behaviour and larger-than-life personality. The criticism is led to her becoming an easy target for fat-shaming. 

A prime example? Her recent appearance on Comedy Central’s Your Face Or Mine with on-off boyfriend James ‘Arg’ Argent.

Source: Comedy Central

The show itself puts forward a dated concept – pit couples against each other using looks-based challenges to win cash prizes (for charity, obvs.)

Before all that though, Jimmy Carr referred to both Gemma and Arg as resembling a “megabus”, as well as implying that she was only with her ex-boyfriend because he lived across the road from a bagel shop.

Despite the jibes from both the presenters and her supposed boyfriend, Gemma remained reserved throughout – uncharacteristic behaviour for her, you’ll agree. Watching a woman shrink herself on television while being subjected to this kind of taunting for entertainment purposes feels a bit unsavoury.

Source: Your Face Or Mine/YouTube

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Things got progressively worse when Gemma’s ex-boyfriend Charlie was brought out. Arg quipped that his relationship with her was “the last nail in the coffin” for him before he chose to come out as gay.

Gemma and Arg were put forward as easy targets for Your Face Or Mine, given their Marmite relationship with the public. Not liking someone doesn’t give anyone a right to body-shame anyone though. Unfortunately, this show gives the audience and those participating an opportunity to do so under the guise of comedy. In 2018, this doesn’t fit with the inclusive environment people are attempting to foster.

Listen, some good came out of the excruciating 20 minute game show, with the couple winning £1700 for their chosen charity, St. John’s Hospice. However, similar to Australia’s most questionable makeover show, how is there still room for shows like this on telly?

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