Well this is the world that we live in at the moment, when a television entertainment programme, broadcast after the watershed of 9pm draw more complaints about the amount of smoking that the actors do, rather than their love lives and bedroom antics!
Popular ITV2 programme “Love Island” depicts a group of single men and women in a Majorcan villa brought together in order for them to find love and ultimately win a cash prize, so far viewers have been able to witness several on-air instances of intimate behaviour between couples. In the last series which was shown by the broadcaster, shots using night-vision cameras showed a sex act shortly after the watershed, but it is not that which has caused some viewers to “get hot under the collar”, no it is scenes showing them smoking!
Of the complaints that have been made to the watchdog Ofcom, only 15 were about the “sexual material and promiscuity” the remaining number 24 were about people on the set smoking. The number of complaints being investigated was 46, not a huge number, but the remaining ones have been about a racial slur, the use of bad language and the objection of violence for, wait for this, when a contestant threw a cushion “aggressively”.
The social media has been busy as well; Twitter for example has seen a number of viewers expressing their thoughts with comments such as: The amount of smoking on Love Island is actually shocking, do they all decide to start smoking when they join Love Island was another, love island is basically just an 8 week long smoking advert, are some examples.
For anyone who is a fan of the show, they will know that the contestants do smoke a lot, perhaps they enjoy having a smoke rather than doing the deed, maybe this is why, we hear, that this year’s crop of singles are taking so long to get intimate that it was reported show bosses were begging them to have sex, only three of the episodes so far have featured the contestants doing the deed.