I'm A Celebrity 2019: Yvie Jones Tells Emotional Justin Lacko "If You're Offended I Can't Help That"
Following her incredible, impassioned speech at the weigh-ins on Sunday, Justin Lacko blew up at Yvie, and she was having no part of it.
Asking to not be included in the camp’s weigh-ins an emotional Yvie spoke about body image and the way overweight people are viewed in society. During her speech, Yvie said, “I wish we lived in a different world where what we look like doesn’t matter”.
“I know that a lot of people think they understand what it’s like,” she continued, “but unless you’ve had an overweight problem you don’t know what it’s like to go through life and be judged solely on the weight that you are or the clothes that don’t fit you properly.”
Later back at camp, Justin approached Yvie to speak about her comments, telling her he felt offended by her comments, feeling like his issues with body image had been dismissed.
“My point was that it was not only made to be very obvious to me in my own home that I did not fit into society, it was made every time I stepped out of the home as well in everything I did and still to this day do,” Yvie said.
“The body image you have,” Yvie explained, “is so celebrated that you have an entire career on it.”
“What your body is, is celebrated. What my body is, is degraded.”
Still, Justin refused to back down, saying he is constantly fighting other people’s opinions about his body, telling Yvie she needed to be “a little bit careful” with her phrasing.
“I have been so careful of what I’ve had to say about those kinds of things most of my life because I didn’t want to offend or upset any thin people because everyone has problems,” Yvie told him.
"I’ve gotten to the point now where a little voice in the back of my head has become a very loud voice that says no more wanting to not step on some toes."
“All I’m trying to do is tell my story, so if you are personally offended by that, I can’t help that.”
Justin began to double-down on his feelings that he faces just as much discrimination for being too thin, too hairy or not perfect enough, but Yvie refused to back down.
“I stand by what I said. I don’t think you’d ever understand what I’ve been through. And I hope you never do, I really do, because it’s awful.”
Despite his meltdown, Justin extended his support, and in a very un-Justin move, he backed down. We weren’t the only ones surprised, with Yvie admitting she was a little proud of him for the change of heart.
“Your voice should be heard around the world because you’re such a powerful, powerful woman,” Justin told Yvie.