Anne’s trial by or­deal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - DONAL LYNCH

Of course any­one with a heart, and a tragic pen­chant for bot­tom-of-the-bar­rel re­al­ity TV, will be find­ing Anne Hegerty’s I’m a Celebrity or­deal quite dif­fi­cult to watch. There’s the ob­vi­ous con­fi­dence-knock­ing pang of won­der­ing how out of touch you are that her name pro­vokes not a flicker of recog­ni­tion. But then there’s also the out­rage that a clearly vul­ner­a­ble woman, could be so bru­tally abased in the name of light en­ter­tain­ment — she’s al­ready had bugs, slime and fish guts thrown at her. The head­lines scream of ex­ploita­tion and view­ers have com­plained to Of­com. In a sense all this seems a bit like com­plain­ing that GBBO pro­motes an un­healthy diet or that Big Brother en­cour­ages voyeurism. Ex­ploita­tion is what the masses come to I’m a Celebrity for. It’s al­ways been sanc­tioned bear-bait­ing, with saggy soap stars stand­ing in for the bears and five-fig­ure pay­ments help­ing the bugs go down. So we can rest easy, and, at time of writ­ing, Anne was do­ing just that.

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