People Are Accusing This British Reality Show Of Editing Out A Black Woman Contestant
Love Island has been accused of failing to give airtime to one of its most popular contestants.
The British reality show Love Island is one of the most popular shows right now, but this year has been beset by quite a few notable controversies.
This time the controversy surrounds Samira, a performer on the West End, who has been on the show since the very first episode.
Some people on social media have complained that Samira was not shown enough in the programme, despite the fact that she had been very popular with viewers.
Then last night Samira decided to leave the island, saying that she missed Frankie – the guy she had been coupled up with, who had been booted off the show several days earlier.
However, following his exit, Frankie told the Sun that he wanted Samira to be his girlfriend, but that the show had cut many of their scenes together.
He went on to reveal that he and Samira had spent time in the "hideaway" – a separate bedroom where couples can go for alone time – but this wasn't shown either:
It’s weird for me because obviously it’s a big thing for everyone in the villa. Everyone was cheering us into the hideaway, everyone was happy for us. It was a big thing for me and Samira. But yeah it didn’t get shown for one reason or another.
Many people have called into question the reason for Samira and Frankie's relationship being cut from the show.
And many people have suggested that race played a part.
In fact, viewers have criticised the treatment of Samira since the start of the show, highlighting her lack of airtime compared with the white contestants.
And other people criticised the fact that because Samira and Frankie's relationship received so little airtime, the comments she made about wanting to leave to be with Frankie made her appear a little obsessive.
Furthermore, ITV2 caused controversy by branding Samira "sassy" in a roundup of her best clips.
...when viewers said that she wasn't sassy at all.
And the treatment of Samira has also led to viewers of the show criticising its lack of diversity generally.
In a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, an ITV2 spokesperson rejected any accusations of racial discrimination and said:
As we have said before, it is not possible to show everything that happens in the villa due to time constraints. There are a number of couples whose time in the Hideaway has not been shown.
It is always our intention to produce a show that is a fair and accurate representation of life in the villa.
When casting for Love Island, we always strive to reflect the age, experiences and diversity of our audience and this year is no exception with a cross section of different personalities and backgrounds in the villa.