If you’re ever left scratching your head about how something like Brexit could win a referendum, remember that people in the United Kingdom (and around the world) can’t get enough of Love Island.
Perhaps they’re watching it for the sex, which is apparently plentiful. Seems fair – just about everyone on the show looks like they’ve already had their brains f*cked out.
Oh, you’re also in luck. The show’s contestants actually discussed Brexit once, and it makes for riveting viewing. For old time’s sake, I will pop it here:
Yes, this is what millions upon millions of people choose to watch in their spare time, with some of the recent episodes nearing three million viewers in the UK alone, becoming the most-watched show in the history of the ITV2 channel.
I’m not the only one who finds this tripe hard to watch – spare a thought for the parents of those on the show.
The Telegraph spoke to some of them about what it’s like to watch the ‘drama’ unfold,
“I’d not watched Love Island at all, and I had no idea what it was about,” admits Sue Davies, a mental health nurse and mother of Amber Davies [below], who won last year’s show after falling in love with Kem Cetinay, a hairdresser from Essex. “We never really thought much of her getting through the audition process,” Davies says, “You don’t think these things happen to someone you actually know, we just live in a small market town in North Wales.”
…“The rule was no sex on TV, and she obviously did that within the first week,” Davies says of Amber. “But nothing gets shown. People would say, ‘Oh she’s had sex on TV,’ but you don’t see anything.” If anything, Davies was more disappointed with her daughter picking up smoking during her time on Love Island.
Sue seems to have handled it well, but other parents less so:
Figen Cetinay, the mother of Davies’ Love Island boyfriend Kem, was less impressed with their nocturnal antics. “I don’t like the sex or hearing bad language,” she told The Sun at the time. “He’s been brought up to respect others, including women. Over the weeks I’ve been watching him on TV, I’ve got to know another side of Kem. He has such a fun side to him. We don’t usually see that at home.”
For Cheryl Hakeney, whose daughter Zara [above] lost her Miss GB title after having sex on Love Island in 2016, her offspring’s actions were alarming: “I’m really surprised by Zara’s behaviour – it’s definitely out of character,” she said during the show’s second season.
For other parents, it’s all a part of the show, and they’re under no illusions about the ‘reality’ of what they’re watching:
Rosemary Mitchell, mother of Johnny, who was painted as a love rat on last year’s Love Island before a stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house, stood by her son: “Jonny has always been kind and considerate to friends and girlfriends alike,” she told The Mail. “Love Island is a stage and everyone there performed.”
Can I please stop writing about this now?
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