The new spin-off series, Love Island, premiered this weekend with 10 new contestants shacked up in a villa together looking for love and the chance to win R1 million.
However, after the cast was revealed, many were unimpressed after realising the opening line-up features just one black female contestant and and only two other Black men.
‘Love Island Orania’ became the top trend on Twitter overnight for the lack of diversity and ofcourse without sparing us that SA humour .
Now for those who do not know the format of the show ,10 love hopefuls are taken – five men and five women – who must couple up and live together all in the name of love and the chance to win R1 million in the process.
Throughout the series, the islanders will be forced to re-couple where they can choose (or be chosen) to remain in their current couple or swap and change, while also going on several dates, tasks, and challenges, in the quest to avoid being dumped from the Villa.
The show airs from Sunday to Friday, at 21:30 on M-Net.
The shows lack of diversity in its casting also made international headlines with the Metro in the UK reporting : "Love Island South Africa criticized over predominantly one black female contestant ".
Independent TV critic Thinus Ferreira in his review of the newly launched reality show called it a "shockingly embarrassing debut as the worst ever local TV production in the 35 years of M-Net (DSTV 101) by far"
“A reality show like Love Island SA is still anchored and done in South Africa and must reflect at least a modicum of ‘reality’ and ‘South Africa", Ferreira continued.
Lotto Star, which allows South Africans to bet on the outcome of lottery draws worldwide, gave some major backing to Love Island SA – and it’s understood the company is partially funding the R1 million prize for the winning couple, too. However, their director posted a short and clean statement on Lotto Star’s Twitter account saying:
LottoStar has taken the decision to respectfully withdraw its sponsorship of Love Island SA. We wish the show and its contestants every success.
Another person complained that the racial failure of the group could mean there will be no mixed couples, in a country known to be full of racial politics that have been persisting for 27 years after the end of white-minority rule:
The company released a statement to a local Media saying it prided itself on reflecting diversity and inclusion in all its shows.
“Viewers can be assured this will become more apparent in future episodes of Love Island SA. We hope viewers will keep watching to enjoy the new starts of the show who will be arriving over the next few days.”