I admit, I don’t spend my Saturday evenings watching I’m a Celebrity, but the show, and in particular, Iain Lee, has been brought to my attention today via Twitter.
I’m sure you will have heard about him by now.
He was the one that cried during last night’s show.
Yes, HE. A man cried on TV.
He took part in one of the challenges (which sounded pretty horrific), and suffered an anxiety attack, meaning he ultimately failed the challenge.
He returned to camp and broke down.
Everyone seemed to show compassion, reassuring Mr Lee, but later Rebekah Vardy (I’m not sure what one of those is) said she didn’t like to see crying as it shows ‘weakness’ and Amir Khan agreed.
Luckily support and words of wisdom came from Georgia Toffolo (apparently a star of Made in Chelsea) who said during a conversation with other members of the camp
‘Yes, because the stereotypical man doesn’t cry and that’s wrong, that shouldn’t be the case.’
This is exactly the problem.
Crying isn’t a sign of weakness, in fact, I’d say it shows strength that someone is quite prepared to expose that raw emotional side of themselves.
Anyway, Mr Lee has now become the target of Twitter users calling him ‘pathetic’ and poking fun at him.
Because anxiety is so funny, isn’t it?
Depression is a perfect opportunity to call someone crazy, isn’t it?!
Despite what you may or may not think, mental illness of any sort is no reason to abuse someone.
It’s not an opportunity to attempt to push your own twisted agenda.
I can imagine that if I’d been in the same situation as Mr Lee, I’d probably have had a panic attack.
And in case you didn’t known, here are some of the VERY REAL physical symptoms of anxiety –
- Stomach cramps
- Tingling in hands
Now imagine experiencing just one of these whilst being in a huge tank of water about to attempt a ‘trial’ on a TV show in order to feed your team mates.
Tell me you would be able to do that and not feel emotion.
Mental illness of any sort is no reason to bully and harass someone, whoever they are.
Maybe if people start accepting that it’s ok to show emotion and it’s not any kind of weakness, things will start to change for the better, but as long as names like ‘crazy’ and ‘pathetic’ are being hurled at people struggling daily, morning is going to change at all.