Celebrity Big Brother sparks a wave of complaints to Ofcom amid claims of 'racism, homophobia and sexism'
TV regulatory body Ofcom has received more than 20 complaints since Celebrity Big Brother returned to screens last week.
Viewers have been outraged by the scenes, and have complained of witnessing 'racism, sexism and homophobia' in the post-watershed show.
The subject of racism has already been aired inside the house, and during Monday's episode, Big Brother pulled Paul Danan into the Diary Room after he raged at Karthik Nagesan.
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Shocking scenes: TV regulatory body Ofcom has received more than 20 complaints since Celebrity Big Brother returned to screens last week. Viewers have complained of witnessing 'racism, sexism and homophobia' in the post-watershed show
Following an altercation on Sunday - where The Apprentice star had accused Paul of racism for calling him Qatar, instead of Karthik, Paul reignited the feud.
During Monday's episode he raged at the Indian born businessman saying he was 'out of order to play the racist card'.
Adding: 'If you ever f*****g do that again I ain’t gonna be happy. I’m not going to be happy if you dare to play the racist card again. If you’re not happy with your name and you need to be called K, change it.'
Blazing row: The subject of racism has already been aired inside the house, and during Monday's episode, Big Brother pulled Paul Danan into the Diary Room after he raged at Karthik Nagesan
Paul was called in by Big Brother who spoke him through the incident but did not give him a formal warning. They said: 'During your conversation Karthik misheard you and thought you had said Qatar.
'With that in mind it is understandable that Karthik may have thought that you were potentially using racist language as it’s the name of a Middle Eastern airline and therefore could be seen as demeaning and inappropriate. Can you see it from his side?'
Calming down, Paul replied: 'Absolutely I can, I completely an understand. If people say Danan wrong it really grates on me. If there is an airline that is very similar and it’s Middle East. It is proper politics.'
An Ofcom spokesperson told MailOnline: 'We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.' A representative for Channel 5 declined to comment.
Talking it through: Paul was called in by Big Brother who spoke him through the incident but did not give him a formal warning
Monday night's row came just hours after Paul and Karthik butted heads during a blazing row on Saturday night's episode of Celebrity Big Brother.
Tempers flared when the original Love Islander, 39, called The Apprentice star 'Qatar' instead of his actual name, Karthik - before later claiming he was joking.
However, that didn't sit well with the businessman, 34, who defiantly quipped back: 'Are you being racist Paul? My name is Karthik dude. Qatar is a Middle Eastern airways!'
Heated: Paul Danan, 39, was accused of racism during a blazing row with Karthik Nagesan, 34, on Saturday night's episode of Celebrity Big Brother
Blazing row! Tempers flared The Apprentice star was called 'Qatar' by the original Love Islander instead of his actual name, Karthik
The argument occurred when the former Hollyoaks actor called Karthik by another name - which he later when on to insist was 'a joke.'
Paul then saw red when an offended Karthik called him out on it and told him it wasn't too difficult to get his name right.
'I'm not going to say another thing yeah but don't play the racist card with me!' Paul yelled back at Karthik.
He went on to explain himself: 'I said Kathar because tonight on the nominations thing you said Kathar by accident.
'My name is Karthik dude. Qatar is a Middle Eastern airways!' While Paul claimed he was joking, Karthik didn't take it lightly
'Don't play the racist card with me!' Paul saw red when an offended Karthik told him it wasn't too difficult to get his name right
'All night, we've been saying Kathar. It's been jokes.'
He continued: 'I'm being called "dangerous" and everyone's being called different names. Then you brought out the racist thing.'
Trying to diffuse the heated situation, Karthik then claimed he was joking as well - causing Paul's anger to boil over.
'No you weren't. You brought out the racist card. Don't ever f***ing do that man. That's serious s*** in this house!' Paul quipped back.
Viewers also flocked to Twitter to show where they stood in the situation:
'It's been jokes': Paul defiantly told Karthik that the comments were all in good fun
'Don't ever f***ing do that man': Trying to diffuse the heated situation, Karthik then claimed he was joking as well - causing Paul's anger to boil over
'Yes that WAS racist of Paul and very disrespectful. The entitled white ppl (yes I am white) need to understand racism properly.'
'It's pathetic that Paul can't get Karthik's name right and it kinda does boil down to implicit racism.'
This is actually a visual representation of how white people get more offended with being called racist than racism itself.'
'So sad the Karthik has been talked down about, no matter whether he was offended or joking. Neither deserve hate.'
'Which is why white people are in NO position to ever tell a person of colour what is or isnt racist.'
'Neirher deserve hate': Viewers also flocked to Twitter to show where they stood in the situation
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