Sunday 23 October 2016

UTV under fire as Love Island broadcasts fully-exposed sex

Saphora Smith

Published 02/07/2016 | 13:59

Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham, openly had sex on ITV's reality TV show 'Love Island'
Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham, openly had sex on ITV's reality TV show 'Love Island'

UTV has come under fire for broadcasting a couple having fully-exposed sex on the controversial show Love Island.

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Watchdogs criticised the programme for “creating a sexual spectacle for young people” after viewers saw Emma-Jane Woodham, 19, and Terry Walsh, 28, openly have sex ten minutes after the 9pm watershed.

It is not the first time that contestants on the reality show have had sex on screen but never before have producers aired a fully-exposed liaison.

Shocked viewers took to social media to express their outrage, Rachael Gifford tweeted: “Can’t believe Emma and Terry had above the cover sex in front of the whole villa #wtf #LoveIsland #Disgusting”

Chelsey Carver added: “Hmm not too sure about this Emma. I mean who has sex in front of a group of people especially after she said she never would #LoveIsland.”

A spokeswoman for family watchdog Mediawatch-UK said “sex in the context of Love Island is being sensationalised and demonstrates nothing of real loving committed relationships.” She added that both broadcasters and participants should take more responsibility for what is shown and its impact on younger viewers.

Speaking on the show after the liaison Ms Woodham said her father would not be impressed: "Me and Terry had a bit of a kiss and a cuddle when we went upstairs last night. My pops is very disapproving, so he won't like that very much."

After watching the scene on television Ms Woodham’s sister, Lorna, reportedly commented: “It’s not exactly the path I would have chosen her to take.”

A spokesman for Ofcom, the UK media regulator, said the body had received six complaints in relation to the show, four regarding sexual content and two others to do with bullying. The spokesman added that Ofcom would make a decision on whether or not to investigate the allegations next week.

The latest Love Island scandal comes a week after Mr Walsh had sex with another contender Malin Andersson, 23, in front of their housemates who proceeded to offer a running commentary and then applaud when the couple finished. Headlines were also made when the former Miss Great Britain, Zara Holland, as stripped of her title after having sex on the show.

A spokesman for ITV said "the scenes in question are inexplicit" and that their focus was on the other islanders reactions. The spokesman added that ITV were not aware of any viewer complaints and that the scenes were fully compiled for broadcast.

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