He’s only just gone into the jungle, but Jack Maynard’s time on the show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here could be cut short after racist and homophobic tweets were found on his Twitter account.
The YouTuber, Jack Maynard has come under fire after a series of homophobic and racist tweets were discovered on his Twitter timeline. The tweets included the use of the “n-word”, which he used to describe a friend and “faggots” which he used as a slur.
He also used the term “retard” as an insult towards people.
The tweets, which were uncovered by The Sun, date back up to six years. He was a teenager at the time of publishing these tweets.
The 22-year-old YouTube star has over a million subscribers on the video platform and has hundreds of thousands of fans on Twitter and Instagram, he has 700,000 and 600,000 followers on each respective social media site. Before becoming a YouTuber he worked as a personal trainer.
In the unearthed tweets he mocked gay men and called friends the racist “n-word” term repeatedly. He also poked fun at people with facial disfigurements.
“Faggots”, Retards and “N-Words”
In a post dated February 2013 he replied to one critic saying, “hahaha shutup you f****t… By the way who hit you with a shovel?”
In one tweet, posted online in June 2011, he wrote, “At alices with my n****s!”
He also repeatedly calls people “retards”.
A spokesperson for the YouTuber said, “Jack is ashamed of what he said in these tweets, many of which were deleted a long time ago and were sent in response to a neighbour who was bullying him. Jack was a lot younger when he posted them in 2012 but realises that age is no defence. He would never use that language now and realises that, as someone who was bullied himself, this kind of retaliatory, inflammatory, insulting language is completely unacceptable.”
An ITV spokesperson issued a statement which said, “Jack has issued a full apology and has deleted the tweets that he sent.”
THEGAYUK.com reached out to ITV for comment.
Last week, a former editor, Josh Rivers, of Gay Times Magazine was fired after just 20 days in office, after an investigation by Buzzfeed into Rivers’ Twitter account. Dozens of racist, homophobic, fat-shaming and antisemitic tweets were found. The bosses at Gay Times briefly suspended and then fired Rivers, in a move which was widely praised by critics.
- This story has been updated with Jack’s full statement.