A charity is asking for the BBC to sack Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly Come Dancing after he admitted that he “likes” watching rape scenes on TV.
Craig spoke about liking watching the scenes on More4 comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats on Tuesday night as they spoke about Game Of Thrones.
Host of the show Jimmy Carr asked if Craig had ever watched the drama before and he replied back:
‘No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that’s when I switched off.
‘I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.’
Now Marilyn Hawes from Enough Abuse UK, has said that she was ‘absolutely disgusted’ by his comment.
‘Craig’s comments are deeply disrespectful.
‘Rape is the most devastating and vile crime and I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, which is a family show.
‘His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I’m absolutely disgusted.
‘You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him. It is so distressing for people who have been raped to hear that.
‘I’m a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing. It’s not a reflection on his ability as a judge or dancer, I enjoy watching him, however it is going on in his mind, which is concerning.
‘When you are in such a high-profile position you cannot afford to make comments like this. He has done himself no favours by saying this. You cannot have someone glibly talking about rape like this, it’s jaw-droppingly awful.’
Since he made these comments the BBC have refused to comment.