By: Sharon Maina
Love Island is an American dating reality show which is about a group of men and women who participate in a series of tasks with a partner that they keep swapping until they meet the love of their life. The makers of “Love Island South Africa” are facing criticism after announcing a predominantly White line-up for the show.
The launch was subjected for ridicule on social media after only three Black contestants entered the luxurious villa. Viewers flocked online to express their disappointment that, despite South Africa’s population being more than 80% Black African, producers cast just pick two Black men and one Black female contestant resulting to only 3 blacks.
The only blacks that will star in the movie are, Durang Atembe , Asad Boomgaard and Thimna Shooto, the only Black female contestant so far. Their fans mostly blacks were not pleased by this as they expressed their frustrations and anger in the tweets.
“Y’all are in South Africa but managed to have a whiter cast than UK Love Island,” one viewer tweeted.
“I don’t ever want to hear ‘they cast according to their population’ … the percentage of black people in South Africa is 80.2% and there is only two black people in love island South Africa. It’s a choice.” Another one tweeted.
Throughout the series hosted by South African actress, Leandie du Randt, there will be regular recoupling, which will allow the islanders to choose to remain with their current partner or swap their partners when new islanders enter the villa. Any contestant left single after the weekly recoupling is eliminated from the show. In the final week, the public vote for their favorite couple who will win the 1 million grand price.
In 2019, production company ITV Studios responded to the growing scrutiny by releasing an updated set of “duty of care” guidelines ahead of its fifth season. Provisions included a minimum of eight therapy sessions for each islander on their return home, as well as “proactive contact” from the team for a further 14 months.