Big Brother’s Henry has been blasted as ‘tone deaf’ (Picture: ITV2)
Before entering the house, the 25-year-old food writer confessed he was keen to have a martini with the former Prime Minister, and even said that his parents calling him ‘a bit of a snob’ is a compliment.
But viewers were stunned to hear Henry confirming his love for the politician, especially after fellow housemate Trish recalled two of her close family members dying during the pandemic.
‘Losing my father and my step-mum to Covid at a time when the NHS was being underfunded, knowing how political that is, is very personal to me,’ Trish had said moments before.
Matty heartbreakingly spoke about seeing people die during his work as a doctor (Picture: ITV2)
Trish sadly lost two family members during the pandemic (Picture: ITV2)
‘I do see the funny side to things but however I like to put people and their health at the forefront.’
Matty heartbreakingly then spoke about how as a junior doctor he saw people dying around him.
‘Then to see a few months later that the politicians were drinking wine, having parties, while people were dying, you want to clap for me but you want to have fun, take photos of you drinking wine playing Twister at Christmas,’ he went on.
‘How can we trust someone whose making the rules but saying everyone is equal but just some are more equal than others?’
Henry doubled down on his praise for Boris Johnson (Picture: ITV2)
Henry fancies a martini with the former Prime Minister (Picture: Les Kasyanov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
Henry, admitting he didn’t want to sound ‘naive’ from his ‘privileged position’ replied: ‘But Boris Johnson, a lot of people disagree with me here, I love the guy, I’d like to go for dinner with him.
‘I think he worked bloody hard during the Covid pandemic and he gets a bad cred when he delivered one of the best Covid responses in the world.’
Trish and Matty were left silent at Henry’s comments, shaking their heads, but viewers had plenty to say on their behalf.
One wrote: ‘I like Henry but I don’t agree at all with the Boris s**t and it was a little tone deaf to say directly after Trish said she lost two family members to Covid bc of that t**t.’
Someone else said: ‘Still stuck at Henry saying Boris provided the best Covid response after hearing Trish speak about losing loved ones.’
A third fumed: ‘I can’t let Henry’s support of Boris Johnson slide. He was such a damaging, toxic figure in our political history. He’s made the most horribly bigoted statements. His management of COVID was catastrophic. It’s a blinding character flaw to continue to idolise him after that.’
‘The nerve of Henry sitting next to Trish who lost her family to COVID, to say Boris did a fantastic job was just tone deaf ignorance,’ someone else penned.
The Big Brother discussion over Partygate came after Channel 4’s drama following how Mr Johnson and the Tory party staff broke lockdown rules when attending staff gatherings in 2020 and 2021 at 10 Downing Street and several other government buildings.
A dozen of these parties were investigated by the Metropolitan Police, three of which were attended by Johnson, with he, his wife Carrie and then Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who became three of the 83 individuals issued fixed penalty notices.
Big Brother continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV2.
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Viewers were seething.