Love Island has been criticised for airing gaslighting and manipulative behaviour on the show.
Charity Women’s Aid have called out producers of the hit ITV2 show for not stepping in over “abusive behaviour”, suggesting that abuse should not be used for entertainment.
In a statement released earlier this week, the charity criticised scenes that aired on Monday involving Danny and Lucinda.
Viewers previously accused Danny of “gaslighting” Lucinda after challenge Snog, Marry or Pie – during which he criticised her in front of the whole group.
He refused to kiss her or ‘marry’ her because she wasn’t talking to him and went on to throw a pie in her face.
She was left red-faced but he seemed happy with what he’d done, as he laughed and said: “Treat them mean to keep them keen.”
In response, Women’s Aid released a statement, which read: “Last night, we saw the development of Danny and Lucinda’s relationship and became increasingly concerned with his behaviour towards her on screen, including what looked like gaslighting, possessiveness, and manipulation. This is not what a healthy relationship looks like. These are all tactics used by perpetrators of abuse.
“Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse which makes someone question their perception of reality. It is a form of coercive control, which has been a criminal offence since 2015.
“We urge the producers of Love Island to recognise coercive control when it is happening on the show, as this is not the first time it has happened. Producers should step in when any form of behaviour is abusive, as abuse should not be used for entertainment.”
In response to the report, ITV told the Mirror: “We take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.
“We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera. All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa.
“Islanders are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need. We will of course continue to monitor all of our Islanders in line with our robust protocols.”
This isn’t the first time that the charity, which works to end abuse against women and children, have criticised the show and previously stepped in during 2018’s series with Adam Collard and 2019’s Joe Garratt.
*Love Island airs everyday at 9pm on ITV2