Sunday 16 June 2019

If you're offended by 'Love Island', you need help

Dani Dyer
Dani Dyer
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It's a sad day indeed when you have to use a reality TV show to point out the absurdities of modern life. It's an even sadder day when the people watching the show are actually more awful than the contestants.

Yet that is the strange position in which we now find ourselves. I am talking, of course, about Love Island.

Due to my other job as a TV critic, I often have to watch this sort of brain-killing nonsense (I do it so you don't have to, etc) and I've long since given up on being surprised or appalled by the antics of the sort of dead-eyed, fame hungry, eejits who appear on them.

But the staggering number of complaints to UK media regulator Ofcom about the treatment of one of the contestants is an interesting insight into the sheer, unapologetic weakness of so many people these days.

The complaints revolved around Dani Dyer (above)being shown some footage which upset her. Well, that's what you expect on a show like this - the producers need drama and you don't have drama without conflict.

Yet more than 2,500 were mortally offended by the scene, with my favourite tweet coming from some woman who informed her follower(s) that she had "made an official complaint to Ofcom" - that would be opposed to an unofficial complaint, then?

Then it struck me - when I was a kid, and something bad would happen on a show like Coronation Street, you'd always hear reports of mad ould ones ringing the cops to report Mike Baldwin for being mean to Deirdre or something.

Replace mad ould ones for mad young ones and the principle remains the same.

We used to laugh at the mad ould ones, and see them as cranks.

But laugh at the mad young ones?

Do so at your peril. Because if there's one thing which has been lost in our race to be super woke, it's a sense of bloody humour.

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