Article by Fabafterfifty
We are encouraged to move outside our ‘comfort zone’ once in a while, but has Gillian McKeith gone a little too far outside hers, and what has made her do it?
For all those who haven’t seen the programme I’m a celebrity , get me out of here’, Gillian McKeith is a TV nutrionist who has elected to join a group of celebrities for up to 3 weeks in the Australian jungle, where the viewing public vote initially to have the celebs face ‘bushtucker trials’. Here the chosen celebs eat bugs (or worse), escape from underground pits filled with rats, cross ravines etc etc,etc.
The celebs know what they are getting themselves into as the series has been running for several years. The programme is designed to push people to their limits. But as anyone watching last night saw Gillian who has a phobia of bugs, a fear of heights and physical limitations due to severe scoliosis saw her panic when a fly landed on her, and subsequently collapse when participating in her trial, the only question that came to mind was ‘Why on earth is she doing it?’
Is it because she has just turned 50 and feels the need to prove herself?
Is she trying to revive her TV career?
Is she desperate for increased celebrity status?
Is she just looking not to be invisible?
Is it for the money?
Failure in the tasks also means less food for her team mates . They may be sympathetic towards her in the early stages, but how much sympathy will they have as the hunger sets in.
Will Gillian pull through, conquer her phobias and become Queen of the Jungle, or will she become a figure to be pitied, hated or made fun of.
Only time will tell.
But I still have to ask the question, ‘Why’?