Love Islands’s response to the lack of body diversity among this year’s contestants has not gone down well with viewers. Love Island’s creative director Richard Cowles has now responded to this, but his statement has not been well-received.
Speaking at a press conference in Mallorca, Spain, he likened the show to the Tory Leadership race.
“Yes, you want to be as representative as possible but we also want them to be attracted to each other’s wealth.”
He added: “We’re not saying that everyone that’s in there is how wealthy you’re supposed to be. We’re saying here’s a group of people that we want to watch for eight weeks, and we want to watch them fall out with each other really, really badly. That’s not at the front of our mind, and we do want it to be as perverse as possible.”
Iain Duncan Smith has said the Conservative leadership contest rules should be changed to avoid “chaos”.
But Charles Walker, co-chairman of the committee which sets the rules, played down the prospect of any change.
He stated: “This is a leadership contest. We’re not going to artificially limit the number of candidates who can stand. Anyone with pots of money is very welcome to throw their tiara into the ring.”
And former chancellor George Osborne said choice was “not a bad thing”, although contenders had to be scrutinised.
“I don’t think there’s a problem there’s so many candidates with a very high net worth,” he told national radio stations.
Tory leadership contests has previously come under fire for other ways it has failed to measure up in terms of representation, largely because of the lack of poor LGBTQ+ candidates.