Women’s Aid has responded to the growing criticism that Love Island is receiving for its recent episodes’ “misogynistic and dominating behavior.”
The high drama on the ITV2 program has captivated viewers, especially during the Mad Movies segments where the islanders watched tapes of one another getting into mischief in Casa Amor and the main villa.
In recent episodes, partner Gemma Owen was depicted getting angry with Luca Bish and being accused of “flirting” with Billy Brown, despite her denials that she was “entertaining” the bombshell’s advances. Among other instances, Davide Sanclimenti has called Ekin-Su Cülcülolu a “liar” on numerous occasions during heated exchanges despite having strayed and kissed Coco Lodge in Casa Amor himself.
Dami Hope received criticism for how he treated Summer Botwe last night, calling her a “fake” while ignoring his own actions in Casa Amor, which included a three-way kiss when he was still dating Indiyah Polack.
Prior to leaving the villa after finding it difficult to handle the intense atmosphere, former competitor Jacques O’Neill was criticized for his behavior and remarks regarding Paige Thorne.
The organisation Women’s Aid has acknowledged that it is in discussions with ITV concerning their duty of care around relationships as a result of the increased backlash following last night’s show.
‘At Women’s Aid we are getting tagged into a torrent of Twitter postings, with viewers of Love Island highlighting the misogynistic and controlling behavior being exhibited on TV,’ said Teresa Parker, head of communications and media relations at Women’s Aid, according to Metro.co.uk.
This definitely goes beyond mentioning any particular candidates, and a show that centers on the development of romantic relationships needs to include rules about what conduct is appropriate and inappropriate in those interactions.
“We’re talking to ITV, and they’ve supplied material on their inclusion training with us, but what seems to be missing is particular knowledge on abusive relationships and an awareness of controlling behavior in partnerships,” the organization said.
Love Island producers must be able to discern whether to “intervene and oppose undesirable behavior,” according to Parker.
Women’s Aid has offered assistance, and we want to reassure anyone who tags us in social media posts that we are talking with ITV and the Love Island producers about what we can do going ahead to address this, she said.
“We have a new campaign called Come Together to End Domestic Abuse highlighting the role everyone has to play in eliminating abuse,” the spokeswoman stated.
“ITV can play a significant role in this situation by addressing a problem that is obviously ongoing for the show, and as Women’s Aid we want to assist where we can.
“We appreciate the viewers who are sharing their concerns with us. Please know that we are paying attention and talking to the Love Island staff about the issues expressed,” the website states.
ITV responded, saying, “We cannot emphasize enough how seriously we take the emotional health of every Islander. Our top priority is always the welfare of the Islanders, therefore we always have specialist welfare producers and psychological support on hand to keep an eye on them and to chat with them on a regular basis in private and off camera.
“Video training and advice on inclusive language concerning disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviors, and microaggressions were supplied to contributors on the show prior to this series. To make sure that all of our Islanders feel that they are a part of a secure and inclusive environment, we are constantly examining how we might broaden and improve on this training.
Following his treatment of Gemma in Sunday night’s show, Luca’s family has since apologized on his behalf and stated that they do not approve of his strong response.
Women’s Aid had previously issued a warning about Love Island this season in response to the news that contentious contestant Adam Collard will be returning to the resort.
Adam, 26, made his Love Island debut in 2018 and was charged with gaslighting multiple ladies throughout his show. Since his triumphant comeback, the fitness enthusiast has started dating Paige, who was previously involved with Jacques before the rugby player left the show.