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Love Island: Does the show have a race، age and body diversity problem?

Monday 16/July/2018 - 11:02 AM
Sada El Balad
We're six weeks in، there's been more than 30 contestants and at least 50،000 mentions of the word "loyal".

But as Love Island continues to keep us hooked there's been an uncomfortable conversation around the show.

It's all about diversity. BBC said

Some fans have continually questioned why the majority of the cast appear to look the same.

Leigh-Ann Pinnock from Little Mix waded in on the debate saying she was tempted to switch off because of its lack of diversity.
With such a huge number of singletons to choose from، some fans have questioned why the majority of the contestants picked for the villa have been white.

Viewers especially criticised the show for a lack of diversity when 12 new contestants arrived on 28 June.

Some felt producers had missed an opportunity to bring people into Love Island who represent a range of ethnicities.
Paula Akpan، director of the Black Girl Festival and social media editor at Gal-Dem، says racial diversity on Love Island is "severely lacking".

"How can you have no south Asian women on the show?" she says.

"I think if they're seeking to represent the nation or seeking to showcase the different people who generally fall in love or date one another، then Love Island needs to be casting the net wider and it needs to be something that they think about more going forward."

Figures from the 2011 census show 14% of the population in England and Wales have an ethnic minority background.

The debate around race and diversity in Love Island has very much focused on contestant Samira - who walked out of the show on Thursday.

She struggled to find love in the villa and when six new men showed up - not one chose her in the top three women they were attracted to.

In contrast، some of the female contestants have described their type as "mixed-race men".
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