It’s got its own hashtag, and the nation is divided. No, not Brexit: #Knickergate.
As some underwear fell from the washing line in the jungle on I’m a Celebrity, DIY expert and part-time crooner Nick Knowles sparked controversy when he refused to pick the ‘offending’ item(s) up.
Where do you stand on 'Nicker'-gate? Was @MrNickKnowles getting in a twist, or was he right to stick to his ways? #ImACeleb pic.twitter.com/dYw0OfrOWs— I'm A Celebrity... (@imacelebrity) November 28, 2018
Many were alarmed that Knowles suggested John Barrowman would be a suitable picker-upper – because he is a gay man, while others added the gesture to a list of actions that seem to point to Knowles as King of the Jungle.
Im confused... #NickKnowles is being praised for not picking up a young lady's knickers... but he just assumed it was ok for #johnbarrowman to pick them up because he is gay 🤔#imaceleb— Stephen O'Hara (@Sleepy141181) November 28, 2018
Whether you are for or against picking up other people’s pants, the incident is not the only time underwear has got people's knickers in a twist this year…
The Marks & Spencer window
Feminist backlash, after Nottinghams M&S store window displays “must have” suits for men, and “fancy little knickers” for women. M&S have decided to not change the display over criticism.
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/M0EfsES1DG— Fly FM News (@FlyFM_News) November 22, 2018
There was outrage when M&S put up a window display suggesting women needed ‘must-have’ fancy little knickers – while the men’s side said ‘must-have outfits to impress’. But is there anything wrong with wanting your underwear to be small, ‘fancy’ or indeed must-have? After all, the brand also uses usually half-undressed model David Gandy to flog pants to men. The debate raged on national TV, eclipsed only by Knowles and his knicker-avoiding.
M&S has been slammed for a window display which shows his and her's Christmas presents. The men's display smart suits, the women's shows skimpy underwear.
Is this an example of modern-day sexism - or feminism gone mad? pic.twitter.com/2VaSdvSCKn— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) November 21, 2018
To pick up or not pick up?
Not being funny but... why can't we all just pick up our OWN knickers and leave other people's knickers alone????!!!! #ImACeleb #imacelebrity #knickergate pic.twitter.com/mYgd6Oy1Nm— Charlotte Sullivan (@CharlotteSulli) November 28, 2018
There are a lot of scenarios in which this might happen – more than you might think. From the mother-in-law or friend helping out a new mum with a load of washing, to the new couple who are beginning to co-habit. What’s de rigeur when it comes to picking up pants? One thing’s for sure, the internet is big on debating it: Is picking up knickers a feminist issue?
Nick Knowles, as a leading feminist, I can inform you it's FINE to pick up women's knickers. Unless you're gonna drape them over your nose and walk around shouting "CONDOR!" #IAC2018— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) November 28, 2018
The Elf on the Shelf…
As miniature elves prepare to start watching children and report bad behaviour back to Santa, knickers sometimes take the flack.
And, um, the other knickers…
Yes, that’s a giant cow, which also just happens to be called Knickers. The Australian cow was deemed too big to slaughter, and is now an internet sensation.
- Press Association