I think you must be a certain kind of person to go on a reality show, even more so with Love island as you are scrutinized every night by millions of viewers whilst prancing round in a bikini and not much else.
The thought puts the fear of God into me.
Everything you have ever said, every picture that has ever been taken, every conversation you may or may not have had, every sexual encounter or embarrassing story is brought to the limelight and is more often than not twisted to a more incredible and exciting story. You would need to have an extremely thick skin to not let any negative comments change who you are.
It’s not something I could do.
I’m aware of the positives: 8 weeks on this show can change your life, shape a career you may not have even imagined you would have. It can give you money in the bank and a whole host of adoring fans, but it really does come at a price, and not one I think for me, would be worth it.
With fame, fortune and more sponsorship deals than you would know what to do with; you also have millions of people voicing their opinion of you, or rather an edited hour of you. Because that’s what we fail to remember sometimes, these people are filmed for 24 hours a day, yet we get to see an hour of carefully edited footage.
The scary part? Whilst you’re in that villa potentially having the time of your life, you have no control over what is happening on the outside. I sometimes think it affects the contestants’ family and friends more, because they’re the ones dealing with the intrusion into their lives, the ones coping with the words published on a daily basis that may be far from true.
Social media has a huge impact on people’s mental health normally, let alone those people who have millions of others scrolling through years old pictures only to pull them apart for how they look.
Online bullying and trolling are absolutely rife. If you go on any reality TV star’s Instagram account right now, I guarantee that within five minutes you will have found some form of abuse.
Hearing someone’s warped opinion of you is damaging but imagine seeing it all over your social media feed for the world to see. And what’s more, for your family to see. Imagine your 70-year-old nan reading the details of your sex life? To me, its harrowing.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but with the suicides of both Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis to name just two, trolling and any form of social media bullying should be, in my opinion, a criminal offence.
Yes, these contestants know what they are getting themselves into but at the same time they need protection online as well as in person.
While nothing can prepare the contestants for life after a reality show, I truly believe more should be put in place to stop the social media onslaught that follows.
I encourage anyone to think before they post anything negative online about the person they are judging through their TV screen. How would you feel if that negativity was posted about your sister or your best friend? How would you feel reading that negativity about yourself?
Think before you type.
Let’s be kind to one another xx