The judge is facing calls to be AXED from the show
The 51-year-old TV judge caused a stir during Tuesday night’s edition of 8 Out Of 10 Cats when he confessed that he ‘liked’ rape scenes in popular TV series Game Of Thrones.
When asked by host Jimmy Carr if he watched the series, Craig explained: ‘No, I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that’s when I switched off.
‘I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.’
The remarks visibly shocked his fellow panellists Aisling Bea and Katherine Ryan, with Aisling showing her surprise as Craig continued to talk.
At hearing that Craig had become ‘bored’ of the show, the Irish comedienne said: ‘When they weren’t raping anyone? Am I the only one who heard that?
‘What world are we living in? Oh [Donald] Trump‘s world, fine keep going.’
The comments have been heavily criticised by the charity Enough Abuse UK who have even called for the BBC to question whether Craig is a suitable judge for family show Strictly.
‘Craig’s comments are deeply disrespectful,’ says the charity’s founder Marilyn Hawes.
‘Rape is the most devastating and vile crime and I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, which is a family show.
‘His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I’m absolutely disgusted.
‘You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset. I think the BBC should get rid of him. It is so distressing for people who have been raped to hear that.’
Marilyn added that she’s a ‘huge fan’ of Strictly and that her comments are ‘not a reflection on his ability as a judge or dancer’.
‘However it is going on in his mind, which is concerning,’ she explains.
There’s been no response from Craig or the BBC as of yet but the comments have certainly sparked a lot of debate.
Some viewers have suggested that the criticism should instead be aimed at Game Of Thrones for including the controversial scenes in the first place.
Others agree with the viewpoint of Enough Abuse UK though and think Craig’s remarks were inappropriate.
The drama comes just over a week ahead of the Strictly 2016 grand final, with Claudia Fragapane, Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ore Oduba all competing for a place.