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18 November 2019, 13:34 | Updated: 18 November 2019, 14:23
I’m A Celebrity 2019 viewers were quick to shut down any comments about Caitlyn Jenner.
When the show launched on Sunday night, the challenges got off to an adventurous start as the contestants were faced with a series of gruelling tasks before they even made their way to the camp.
Caitlyn immediately displayed her bravery on day one of the jungle, skydiving out of an aeroplane and showing no signs of fear when her campmates scrambled out of their jeep when they saw it was ridden with spiders.
Despite being at the centre of mostly positive comments throughout the show, the former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was unfortunately the target of cruel jibes by some social media users.
The barrage of transphobic comments led thousands of Twitter users to defend Caitlyn and the LGBTQ+ community as they pointed out other people’s ignorance.
“The fact Bruce Jenner is trending just as much as #CaitlynJenner says everything about how our society views the trans community,” raged oner viewer, as another said: “Everyone referring to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘he’ can I just say you are all hilarious. How are you not making a living out of this genius comedy?”
“Hating the ignorant transphobics crawling out of alleys to tear down #CaitlynJenner. I don’t watch #ImACeleb but it’s just sad. Dislike HER for anything bar HER choosing to live out loud,” fumed a third.
“Caitlyn Jenner on I’m A Celeb exposing more transphobic people on Facebook to unfriend,” tweeted someone else.
already unfollowed 3 people for tweeting or retweeting transphobic things about caitlyn jenner and im a celebs been on one night, love a good clear out x pic.twitter.com/ndPD2C0wcE— 𝖌𝖊𝖔𝖗𝖌𝖎𝖆 (@georgiaanais_) November 17, 2019
i’m a celeb has been on for 19 minutes n i have already seen about 5 transphobic tweets about caitlyn jenner ://— ezza (@_abcderin_) November 17, 2019
Still can’t get over that @Caitlyn_Jenner is on @imacelebrity She is an absolute badass, I don’t think the UK realise just how tough she is 👏👏 massive respect for doing it, especially knowing full well that disgusting Transphobic trolls will be out it full force.— Megan Alice Holms (@Meg_Alice_Holms) November 18, 2019
#ImACeleb has been on one night and my Twitter is already riddled with transphobic tweets about Caitlyn Jenner, absolute vile behaviour not looking forward to a whole month of this 🤮🤮— jenna (@jenmillarx) November 18, 2019
Caitlyn, previously Bruce, revealed she had transitioned in 2015, unveiling the news with an epic cover shoot on Vanity Fair.
The father of Kendall and Kylie Jenner, who starred in I’m A Celeb 2003 in the US, proved to be fearless on day one of the show, jumping out of a plane as part of her first challenge.
She also comforted co-star Nadine Coyle, who broken down in tears over the challenge before they took to the skies.
Caitlyn’s support for Nadine and bravery when it came to the tasks quickly landed her the support of viewers, with many branding the reality TV star their new favourite contestant.
I’m A Celebrity continues every night at 9pm on ITV.