After this outrage, it’s time to say goodbye to Love Island for peace

Love Island has long been clouded by accusations of sexism, sarcasm and racism.

If you thought this year’s show would give it all a break, you’re wrong: we’ve seen reports of a terrifying age gap, a flawless plastic cast, and accusations of “behavior.” microcontrol and bias” — with more than 3,600 in the last week alone and warnings from the charity Women’s Aid about domestic abuse.

Welcome to Love Island 2022, as if this year – already beset with more problems of slurs, sexism and harassment in British institutions such as Westminster – has not pushed feminism and the advancement of Women’s equality goes back far enough. To me, the current season of the dating reality TV show seems to be providing a useful “manual of use and control” for young, free, and single people.

Women’s aid and refuge are not alone in their outrage. Fans of the show took to Twitter with comments like “This year’s #LoveIsland is literally sexist and misleading. No one deserves to win” and “This season’s Misogyny is unmatched. Cancel show #loveisland”.

One of the show’s main concerns is the age of the audience watching it – and I can see why. I am concerned that teenagers will stumble across the misperceptions highlighted by Women’s Aid, the hypocrisy of women, and the hypocrisy of men who are said to have done similar things. on one’s own.

I worry that boys and girls might believe that Luca talking to 19-year-old Gemma to “flirt” Billy is acceptable behavior in a relationship when feelings are high. Not in my opinion.

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Luca’s family released a statement on his Instagram account in response to the episode in which he accused her of “entering” Billy’s affections, saying that “when he revisited it, he will be very embarrassed and deeply apologetic.”

On our TV screen, Luca also said, “Just bring me a beast. Believe me when I say, if she wants to play, I’ll blow up. ” And, “f *** ing muggy. I was turned into a warbler. “If this is love in 2022, then I think I’ll make it through.

Dami, another male contestant, was also stoned for shouting at a female contestant, Summer, and calling her “fake”. Meanwhile, Davide has been criticized for calling Ekin-Su a “liar” during their frequent controversies. Ekin-Su was formerly called a “headache” by Jacques, who later left the villa.

When Gemma, 19, combined with Davide, 27, Ofcom received 167 complaints. During her time in Covid, Gemma was just 16 years old and now she is starring in a TV show where her every action, every word she says is scrutinized, mocked, laughed at and ridiculed by millions of people. judgment. I really feel that as people’s lives and relationships become entertainment for public consumption, we begin to no longer know what is real and what is fake – or acceptable. .

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We are all influenced by what we watch, especially young people. The beauty is included in programs such as Love Island because the audience watching at home wants to be like them. But do we really want to be them?

For me, watching Love Island has become synonymous with viewing tactics of control and possibly even emotional abuse, which will inevitably influence and influence young people’s understanding of acceptable and unacceptable behavior. received in real-life relationships.

I worry that this behavior is unchecked and abandoned in an aesthetic reality TV show like Love Island Risk reinforces the normalization of these behaviors in intimate off-screen relationships.

If a man is allowed to scream, scream, pour gas and call out a woman’s name in front of millions of people and no one walks in to say “that’s unacceptable” – what do you think? is happening behind closed doors in the real world?

They call it a toxic relationship, but they also call it love. And my point is Love Island are inadvertently promoting a false perception of true love based on unhealthy, possibly even emotionally abusive relationships. So why do so many people watch it? Is it fun to be accused of abuse, emotionally or otherwise?

Domestic abuse used to be limited to soap operas, often ending with a highly moral story. However, earlier this year, we saw Amber Heard – an allegation of sexual violence complainant – be ridiculed, mocked and tortured on social media as she gave evidence live-streaming in a defamation lawsuit brought by Johnny Depp, which he ultimately won. The reality seems to be: the abuse and alleged selling of counterfeit goods.

The reality is also abuse in heterosexual relationships, where physical or sexual violence is the norm for a third of women during their lifetime.

As a lawyer, I’ve always seen women blamed for the beatings and domestic abuse that regularly plays out in courtrooms around the country. “It was just a marriage”, “it was the ups and downs of relationships”, “she gave the better”, “it was just one person in the house” – and so on.

Blame women, blame them, and refuse to take responsibility. I see this in court all the time – DARVO, where many perpetrators Deny, Attack and Reverse Victims and Offenders.

There is something sinister about seeing a microcosm of this tragic everyday reality reflected on an entertainment program such as Love Island: as if it were a book for manipulative behavior. Controlling and turning on the lights can’t be ignored on reality TV just because the show’s tagline advertises it as “love”.

If Love Island is not completely deprecated, so it needs strict guidelines on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior, as Women’s Aid has requested. ITV needs to show that contestants will be held accountable for their actions.

Currently, in my opinion that Love Island gives viewers a little more than “improper and controlled” pornography sold as “love”, with the promise of a £50,000 prize – and it needs to end. The current.

Dr Charlotte Proudman is an attorney specializing in violence against women and girls and a junior research fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge After this outrage, it’s time to say goodbye to Love Island for peace

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