How fake is Love Island? Is it creating body image problems? Every scene you didn’t know happened and how many of the islanders are just in the villa to get ‘Instagram Famous’ and get sponsored by hair growth pills that probably don’t work.
My evenings have been dedicated to Love Island for the past few months and I normally defend it when someone tells me it’s trash. You really start to like the people in there and root for their relationship to work out. I get that they paint out people in a certain way because that’s just the way reality TV works, but with the cameras being around them 24/7 you get to see their journeys in their relationships and watch them become stronger together.
It annoys me when people say that all the relationships in the villa are fake, sure maybe a few couples are playing it up for the camera but I still believe that some of them are very genuine. After all, last year’s Jamie and Camilla are still travelling the world together, season 1’s Nathan and Cara have a baby together and Alex and Olivia are engaged! So you can’t say that all the couples are just faking it to win the show.
I also love the way that that your opinions of people change compared to first impressions. While I’ll always love Dani and Jack, some of them have definitely grown on me, Megan especially. I know a lot of people still don’t like her but she followed her heart and that’s one of the most genuine things you can do. Yes, she struggled to choose but she was honest about it and it’s actually something that we all go through and can relate to so we shouldn’t hate on her for finding it hard to make her mind up sometimes.
A lot of people think that Love Island teaches bad lessons to its viewers, especially when a lot of viewers are quite young which I agree with in some ways. But they’ve obviously realised some of their mistakes and corrected them this year, like banning smoking compared to last year when every conversation was while they were smoking, I think it’s a really positive change that they’ve made.
It’s pretty easy to see that the majority of people in there don’t represent all of our society at all. This year, every guy except for Jack has abs for days and more muscles than you could count, and almost every girl is tanned, toned and a size 8.
It reinforces these unrealistic beauty expectations that we sometimes feel like we need to meet to be called ‘pretty’ and feel good about ourselves. Most of us don’t wear fake eyelashes, 6” heels and have a golden tan all the time. Where’s the girls with short hair, the ones that don’t like wearing makeup and the ones who prefer trainers to heels?
They have tried to include islanders who are different to their ‘norm’, like Alexandra who’s more curvy than most of them, Darylle who was covered in piercings and tattoos and Savanna with shorter hair. But let’s face it, they’re in the minority and most of them didn’t get picked or were dumped pretty quickly.
Beauty standards have come such a long way this year so far, with the variety of models increasing and clothing brands expanding their sizes so there’s no longer a separate plus-sized section. We’ve started changing the face of what’s considered beautiful, so why can’t Love Island try and do that more too?
I want to see a girl/guy that I can actually relate to and feel like they look like me and not stare at the screen doubting myself and wishing I looked more like them.
The more people they put people on the show that are different to most of the current islanders, the more all different types of people will want to apply and we’ll start to see a show that represents all of us!
Okay, now we’re onto the juicy stuff, how fake is Love Island really?
Sometimes I think it’s bad how invested we get into the couple’s life, we all vote for certain people and hate others because of the way they’ve been portrayed, when in reality they could be nothing like that.
Sometimes they seem to literally make up drama out of thin air. Did you see the video people were posting on social media of the scene where Georgia and Jack kiss at the end of their date? The video on LoveIslandJoker’s Instagram shows that when the camera is on Wes and Megan kissing, Georgia is still getting up from her seat, then the camera angle changes and suddenly she’s kissing Jack at the same time Megan and Wes do…so basically they filmed that scene twice! So the whole thing was just made up!
I also saw a YouTube video of Savanna from Casa Amor saying that loads of scenes with her and Wes were cut so that he appeared loyal to Megan the whole time when she was hinting that he wasn’t at all!
Even relationships sometimes seem fake when they’re claiming they’re in love after 2 weeks. I’m not saying they’re definitely not in love because everyone falls for people at different rates, but it sometimes seems like the couples are trying to one-up each other. After all, there’s £50,000 on the line!
I know they want to make good TV, but this really does show that you can’t believe everything you see on Love Island. They take out important scenes to make certain people look good/bad and basically change your opinion of some contestants to make you not vote for them.
I have a love hate relationship with Love Island, one second I’m laughing and the next I’m cringing at how cheesy the challenges are. I will still go on watching love island, if nothing else it’s entertaining, gives me some great fashion inspo and my 9pms just wouldn’t be the same without it. But, I still wish they’d change a few things to make it less staged and more representative of all of us.
What do you all think? Is it fake? Who’s your favourites and who do you want to win? I can’t decide still!
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