Viewers shade Love Island SA for lack of diversity

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Social media users aren’t feeling Love Island SA. Picture: Supplied
Social media users aren’t feeling Love Island SA. Picture: Supplied


South Africans are a special bunch. On Sunday, the local version of Love Island debuted on M-Net and social media users have been shading it ever since.

“Love Island Orania” has been trending in the top 5 on Twitter. Similarly to the channel’s other reality show, The Bachelorette, the show seems to be lacking in the diversity of the contestants.

Love Island is a popular reality TV competition. The idea is that a bunch of young, hot singles are flown out to an tropical setting where they compete for each other’s affection. Because it’s on an island, everyone is scantily clad. Sex sells and whatnot. Viewers also get a chance to pair up who they believe to be the best romantic matches.

Plus, South Africans and watching Sunday reality TV together through Twitter just goes together. So, it’s understandable that the local spin-off of this kind of show would draw many an eyeball.

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The initial batch of Love Island participants. Picture: Screengrab/Twitter @LoveIsland_SA

What isn’t understandable is why the cast does not include more races in a country that is still grappling with the effects of apartheid. Twitter users have been vocal about their disdain for what appears to be a deliberate attempt to reduce the diversity settings.

It’s only been a few hours since the show has aired and M-Net’s social media manager probably already has a headache.

As we wait for the channel to address these concerns - if they will address them at all - it appears some people are optimistic:


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