According to reports, I’m A Celeb 2018 is already facing a huge dilemma just one day into the competition.
I’m A Celebrity 2018 launched on Sunday, November 18th, and kick-started with the Jungle gang winning their first challenge and tucking into a prize of fresh emu meat.
Aren’t some of the celebrities supposed to be vegan?
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Who is Vegan on I’m A Celeb?
There are two known vegans on I’m A Celebrity 2018.
Fleur East and James McVey do not eat animal products. Nick Knowles has also previously stated that he is “mostly vegan” and released a vegan cookbook in 2017.
There was a rumour that Sair Khan was vegan, which caused outrage when she was spotted tucking into some emu meat on day one.
However, Sair’s family have since taken to Twitter to set things straight.
— Sair Khan (@SairKhan) November 19, 2018
What Does All of This Actually Mean?
The significance of who is and isn’t vegan probably means very little. After all, it’s not the first time a vegan entered the show.
Last year, stand-up comedian Shappi Khorsandi revealed that was vegan shortly before joining the Jungle.
However, she ditched her plant-based diet for the show. Eventually, she did confess to falling ill, where she requested vegan-only food for the remainder of the show.
Fleur is known to be vegan solely because of health reasons and will likely let this slip during her time on the show.
And in the case of James McVey, he is the only one now known to be on a strict vegan diet while in the Jungle.
— 🌸James McVey🌸 (@TheVampsJames) November 19, 2018
The biggest controversy surrounding the show will come down to the Bushtucker Trials, which include challenges such as eating insects or competing in tanks filled with animals such as snakes and crocodiles.
James could yet refuse to take part in any Bushtucker Trial that involve animals, which could upset the balance of the show.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, a spokesperson for the Vegan Society said:
Vegans disagree with the use of animals for entertainment because we believe that they should be able to live their lives free from human interference.
We were surprised to hear vegan celebrities have been confirmed to take part in the show – perhaps producers have found a way for a vegan to complete the challenges without using animals, which we’ll be interested in learning about.
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