Love Island Australia airs on Sunday, and it’s already stirring up controversy: first over its trashy ads, then its complete lack of diversity, and now this: a leading psychologist has given it a damning review.
A mix between Big Brother and The Bachelor and hosted by former Bachelorette Sophie Monk, Love Island throws a bunch of attractive singles on an island (the Australian version is being shot somewhere off the coast of Spain) with the aim of them coupling up – and then choosing love or money.
The last couple standing scores the big cash prize—but there’s a catch. One half of the couple is given the option of either splitting the cash prize with their partner, or keeping it all to themselves.
“I think it’s going to display – and I’m delighted if I’m wrong – terrible attitudes towards women,” he told host Neil Mitchell.
“It’s been going in the UK since 2006, essentially it’s a program about size eight girls and oversexed meatheads with six-packs.”
He added: “We have a huge problem in this country with sexism, we have a huge problem with domestic violence. I do not believe that this show – unless they have radically changed it, and I’ll be watching on Sunday – is helpful.”