Nigel Farage has hit the headlines many times over his 30 years in politics for his controversial views (Picture: James Gourley/Shutterstock)
Nigel Farage is the UK’s most controversial politician of the 21st century, and now he is set to entertain the masses by eating kangaroo balls and sticking his head into a bowl of creepy-crawlies on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
The ITV show, hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, is reportedly paying the former UKIP leader and staunch Brexiteer a record-breaking £1.5million for entering the jungle alongside the likes of Sam Thompson, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Josie Gibson.
Farage will be making his first appearance in khaki tomorrow evening (November 19), but his journey into the jungle is already controversial.
Celebrities and fans alike took to social media to slam the broadcaster’s decision to add a man to their star-studded lineup who has hit the headlines time and time again over his 30-year career for remarks deemed racist and misogynistic.
One took to X, formerly Twitter, and said: ‘Absolutely sickened by the decision to put Farage in #ImACeleb. This isn’t “bants”, that man has incited so much hatred, racism and division in our country. I am physically disgusted.’
It’s well known, then, that Farage is a controversial figure. But let’s take a dive into his most unbelievable moments, just to refresh your memory before you start to feel too sorry for him nibbling on scraps in the jungle.
He is entering the I’m A Celebrity jungle tomorrow… (Picture: Rex)
Is Nigel Farage racist?
Over the years, Farage has certainly been accused of racism in his various remarks on immigration as UKIP leader and ‘Mr Brexit’.
In 2013, Farage said he supported Muslin immigrants who ‘integrate’ into UK society but – quoting former Australian Prime Minister John Howard – not those who are ‘coming here to take us over’.
A year later, in a 2014 interview on LBC, Farage said he felt ‘uncomfortable’ when he heard people speaking in other languages on London transport.
When LBC radio presenter James O’Brien followed that by asking why he objects to Romanian migrants but not Germans – like his wife – Farage retorted: ‘You know the difference.’
Farage also suggested he would be concerned living next to a house of Romanians.
That same year, Farage also blamed immigrants when he was over two hours late for an event, claiming they were clogging up the M4.
The former UKIP leader has previously made some very questionable comments (Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
‘That has nothing to do with professionalism,’ he said of his tardiness. ‘What is does have to do with is a country in which the population is going through the roof, chiefly because of open-door immigration, and the fact the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be.’
In October 2014, Farage called for migrants who have tested positive for HIV not …read more