mental health, Reality TV, relationships

Love Island and Other Trash TV Shows: A Rant

So for the past 4 weeks or so there’s been a little show called Love Island airing at about 9pm everyday (except Saturdays)ITV 2. The show is pretty popular with its only viewings and ratings competitor being World Cup. If you haven’t seen or heard of the show ( seriously where have you been 🙂) or live outside of the UK and have no idea what I’m talking about here’s a short synopsis of the show.

Love Island involves a group of contestants, referred to as Islanders, living in isolation from the outside world in a villa in Spain , constantly under video surveillance.To survive in the villa the Islanders must be coupled up with another Islander, whether it be for love, friendship or money, as the overall winning couple receives £50,000. On the first day, the Islanders couple up for the first time based on first impressions, but over the duration of the series they are forced to “re-couple” where they can choose to remain in their current couple or swap and change.

So based off of the description of the shows premise anyone can gather that most of the relationships on the show are for the purposes of fame, exposure,or money. Not to mention that most of the contestants are minor celebrities on social media. It’s basically a shit show that exploits the publics idea of love and relationships to get people to watch. Anyway I’m really annoyed because people seem to be expecting quality, well thought out TV from a show that seeks to take advantage of its contestants. Every single person on the show went in knowing what they were signing up for: A dating show were you get to see the things people do behind our backs during a courtship. And every single person on the show stands to benefit from being on there. Some of the contestants are heirs to Billionaire fortunes so he/she isn’t really there for £50,000. Personally I watch shows like Love Island because I want to see Wahala, Trouble, Shit Stirring, Man Stealing, Mr Steal Your Girling. The show always gets more attention on social media and on medical outlets when some form of scandal occurs so why then are people getting butthurt when the producers purposefully stir the pot. People are running to Ofcom with their woes as if they can’t just chose to switch to some wholesome programming like Eastenders or Wimbledon. If you cannae hack it change the channel! Don’t got to Ofcom and complain and ruin trash tv for the rest of us

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