India Willoughby defends her controversial Black and White Minstrel comments and says drag queens can be damaging to the transgender community

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CELEBRITY Big Brother’s India Willoughby has defended her controversial comments comparing drag queens to The Black and White Minstrel show.

The transgender journalist, 51, infuriated viewers last week after she became upset at Andrew Brady dressing in drag and told him it was like the racist BBC show.

 India Willoughby has defended her Black and White Minstrel commentsGetty – Contributor India Willoughby has defended her Black and White Minstrel comments

However India is sticking to her opinion and told The Sun Online she thinks drag acts can be as damaging to trans women as Black and White Minstrels were to people of colour.

Just hours after leaving the house she said: “I don’t think the comment should be controversial and I think in one hundred years’ time people will agree.

“The people who feel that way are people in my situation who have what I have.

“I know that drag queens are not going on stage every night to make life tough for trans women, but I am really worried that they will leave an impression that stereotypes us.”

 The transgender journalist left CBB viewers furious when she compared drag queens to the racist BBC show The transgender journalist left CBB viewers furious when she compared drag queens to the racist BBC show

The Black And White Minstrel Show was a prime time BBC series that ran from 1958 until 1978. Its white cast performed songs in blackface and at its peak it pulled in audiences of 21million.

India Andrew entering the room in drag to the infamous TV show, saying: "Like in the old days when black and white minstrels would put on a show and everyone would cheer."

Venting on Twitter viewers wrote: "WOAH! India just compared drag to the Black & White Minstrels. No. #CBB

"Wow I can't believe India just compared her phobia of drag queens to black people seeing black and white minstrels… #CBB

 The comments came when Andrew Brady dressed in drag The comments came when Andrew Brady dressed in drag  The Black and White Minstrel Show saw white actors in blackface and appeared on the BBC in the seventies The Black and White Minstrel Show saw white actors in blackface and appeared on the BBC in the seventies

"Black & white minstrels…oh no she didn’t #cbb

"#CBB. Did India actually just liken drag to black and white minstrels???? FFS someone shut this silly woman up. Self obsessed, boring and destroying her career. Also fairly ill informed.

"You can’t compare drag queens to black and white minstrels- that’s outright racism!! How could she even say that. #cbb.

"Did India just say drag queens and the black & white minstrels were similar? Not quite… #CBB."

 India offended viewers with her remarksCHANNEL 5 India offended viewers with her remarks

The moments leading up to the heated argument in the living room saw Andrew ask a sulking India: "You OK, sweetie? I just wanted to apologise. I didn't want to offend you."
Once he'd left the room, India sniped: "Hope I didn't p**s you off… joke."

Celebrity Big Brother star India Willoughby compares her phobia to Black And White Minstrels

Minutes later, she stormed into the living area and exclaimed: "I want to explain why that upset me."

With a glass of wine in hand, she declared: "I was crying. I am a woman."

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