Every time there has been double standards on Love Island so far
While I'm not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with Love Island right now, I find it difficult to ignore the double standards in the villa and the way ITV have dealt with these.
Here are a few issues I've noticed over the past couple of weeks.
First and foremost, the way Maura treated Tommy was totally unacceptable. Maura has not shown any understanding of the word consent, forcing a kiss from Tommy despite his objections. Not only this, but she is a 28-year-old acting predatory towards a 19-year-old, and while this is not illegal, there is definitely an issue when she can't respect his boundaries. If the roles were reversed, Tommy definitely would have been removed from the villa and called all sorts of names.
Not only this but the idea of a woman's body count has been brought to light by Tommy who asked Maura how much she liked sex. When the girl said she only slept with five people in her 28 years of life, the villa were stunned due to her overtly sexual personality. However, being open about liking sex does not mean you sleep with everyone in your line of sight. This was met with criticism for Molly Mae who stated 11 was her number, being 20. Many people criticised her for this, proving that no matter what, women can't win. Men would definitely have been praised for this.
Secondly, the removal of Sherif Lanre for using the phrase 'C*** punt' when he accidentally kicked Molly Mae in the groin during a play fight further exposed double standards on the show. ITV did not bring out a statement addressing this to begin with, letting the public believe Sherif was acting in sexually deviant manners or abusing drugs in the villa—both of which were untrue and damaging to his career. Love Island claimed Sherif's language went against the rules and regulations of the show, however, this did not stop Ellie using the C word towards Georgia last year.
Sherif believes part of the reason for his removal from the villa is down to his race and claims that contestants in the villa used the N-word despite the banning of racial slurs, and that white people get more screen time than those of other races. This is unacceptable behaviour from ITV who have not carried out their duty of care towards contestants despite recent controversies over whether the show is damaging to contests well being.
With Joe's departure from the villa, many viewers were left concerned after Lucie's genuine heartbreak on the show. Perhaps the audience has been manipulated to believe that he is more of a villain than we perceived. While some of his actions were inexcusable on the show, we have only seen fragments of their lives in the villa and I am sure there has been manipulation on ITV's side to create the most dramatic narrative possible. Women's Aid even came out with a statement on Joe's behaviour which left many people believing it had gone too far. While I cannot fault Women's Aid for drawing attention to toxic behaviour on the show, such as telling Lucie who she cannot be friends with, it is scary to think that Joe's behaviour could have been over-exaggerated which may damage his future prospects.
While viewers have been concerned about Joe's emotionally abusive behaviour towards Lucie, many are also concerned by the bully from Amy who seemingly isolates Lucie from the group in a gossipy and malicious manner while pretending to be Lucie's friend. Amy is definitely the friend that is never happy for your successes, but as Lucie has cried almost every episode this season, something should have been done to stop this treatment as I would genuinely believe it to be bullying.
It is not a bad thing to enjoy watching the show, however, it is evident that things on the show need to be improved by Love Island producers as there are so many problematic aspects to the show which endanger the well being of contestants.