‘Love Island’ South Africa Receives Backlash Over Predominantly White Cast

Love Island White Cast: The show has come under fire over its predominately white cast.
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Love Island South Africa has come under fire over its predominately white cast despite Black people making up the majority of the country. 

Viewers slammed the first episode, which aired over the weekend, as ‘shockingly embarrassing’ and called for ‘more diversity’ within the programme.

One wrote: “Love Island SA adding ONE Black woman for diversity purposes is so disgusting.

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Love Island South Africa cast.
Love Island South Africa has come under fire over its predominately white cast. Credit: M-Net

“Is M-Net [the TV network] forgetting that this is South Africa where 80% of our population are Black?

“The entire show reeks of white privilege.”

Another added: “So this is Love Island SA! SA! Like South Africa! South AFRICA! Where the majority of the population is Black ’cause it’s AFRICAAAAAAA!

“It’s 2021 please let’s not play these games. Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

“I don’t ever want to hear ‘they cast according to their population’,” a third ranted. “The percentage of Black people in South Africa is 80.2% and there is only TWO Black people in Love Island South Africa. It’s a CHOICE.”

Pitching in, a fourth commented: “It’s the fact that the racist/bias production team of Love Island SA have not only embarrassed SA but have probably ruined any chance of the franchise being renewed in South Africa; despite warnings before production to cast a cast that is a true reflection of our demographics.”

So far, the only Black female contestant is Thimna Shooto, from Mossel Bay.

Opening up about what she’s looking for on the show, the 26-year-old said in her VT: “I’m tired of these rats, and I want a real man.”

One of the only Black guys on the show is Durang Atembe, 22, from Cameroon.

Revealing the reason why he signed up, the personal trainer said: “I’ve got swagger, everyone said that I should join the show, I’m going with it and I’m interested. So, it will be a blessing having me on the show.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.