Celebrity Big Brother cleared by Ofcom after complaints about homophobia

Celebrity Big Brother 2018

Celebrity Big Brother has been cleared by Ofcom after a number of complaints during the latest series.

In it's latest Broadcast Bulletin, Ofcom revealed it had received more than 150 complaints about various incidents and episodes.

The vast majority - over 130 - concerned alleged homophobia within the house.

21 objections were about generally offensive language, one complaint was about gender discrimination and another claimed disability discrimination in an episode.

However Ofcom has said it will not be investigating any of the complaints further, saying that "they did not raise issues warranting investigation."

Ann and Shane.
Ann and Shane.

The latest series of Celebrity Big Brother was a 'Year Of The Women' special and saw a range of topics debated by the housemates.

During the series there were many clashes over issues such as LGBT+ rights, leading to some very heated opinions both inside and outside the house.

Winner Shane Jenek / Courtney Act and runner up Ann Widdecombe in particular often found themselves at loggerheads.

Despite not claiming victory, Ann said she still felt a winner after airing her views.

"It was a triumph of free speech," she told The Telegraph. "I'm not sure the viewers necessarily agreed with my opinions, but they felt I was entitled to air them, which is hugely reassuring in these days of snowflakeism when everyone's tripping over themselves to take offence."

Meanwhile, following the final, Shane J/Courtney called on people to stop spreading "mean tweets" about Ann.

Celebrity Big Brother 2018
Jess, Courtney, Ann, Shane L and Wayne.

“I’ve heard that people are making mean tweets and comments on my behalf to Ann Widdecombe and others,” he wrote on Twitter. “I do not support any mean tweets. Please treat everyone with compassion and understanding.”

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Shane J/Courtney went on: "What I really kept in my mind was, I’m not going to change Ann’s opinions, but maybe people watching, whether it be in the house or watching at home, will hear two sides of an argument.

Celebrity Big Brother will return to Channel 5 in the summer.

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