‘Love Island UK’ Viewers Are Calling Out The Boys For “Bullying” Tasha
Love Island UK has been plunged into controversy over some of the actions of the villa’s male contestants.
The hit show has been hit with over 3000 complaints in the past week over behaviour exhibited by some of the boys that viewers have considered a form of “bullying” that was “misogynistic” in nature.
The criticism first stemmed from the show’s ill-fated movie night, where both the boys and girls were shown incriminating footage of what they had gotten up to behind their partner’s backs, especially during Casa Amor.
During the night, a clip was played of bombshell Billy flirting with Gemma — who in return didn’t really engage — yet it left her partner Luca “fuming”. In a reaction that’s baffled viewers, Luca laid the blame solely on 19-year-old, Gemma.
In a confrontation, Luca told Gemma that she was at fault for “entertaining” Billy’s advances, and the whole thing was textbook slut-shaming.
The idea that every boy that flirts with a girl does it because she’s made them think they have a chance is a “she was asking for it” type beat. Men will hit on girls no matter what they are doing… Luca blaming Gemma for Billy liking her is making me uncomfy #loveisland
— Lulu (@lulusworld0) July 18, 2022
why is luca allowed to be ‘fuming’ over gemma and billy literally talking but when the girls r upset over the boys being disrespectful and kissing girls he’s justifying it and literally laughing in their faces??? is he ok in the head.
— charlotte ⁷ (@charchuuu) July 17, 2022
To Gemma’s credit (I bloody love her), she did not accept any responsibility for the fact that Billy had been flirting with her. Instead she told Luca, “I don’t think any lines have been crossed,” and when he wouldn’t let her speak, she swiftly told him to “shut the f**k up!”
— Molly x (@mollyelle97) July 17, 2022
But Luca wasn’t done coming for women who don’t deserve his vitriol. He and Dami then turned their attention to Tasha, who had recently become official with her on/off Love Island partner, Andrew.
Over the course of multiple episodes, Luca and Dami continued to target Tasha in a series of games. When Luca was asked to give a piggyback to “the islander you think is most hanging onto the coattails of their partner,” he selected Tasha. In the same game, Dami said that he considered Tasha as “the biggest game player” in the villa.
Things got even nastier during a round of ‘Snogged, Married or Pied’ where the two boys both pied Tasha (and rather forcefully), then sledged insults at her. “I could give you a list as long as Adam [why he pied Tasha],” Luca said after smashing a pie in her face. After Dami pied Tasha, he snarked “The reason I decided to pie you is you usually get away with stuff, but this pie you weren’t going to get away with.”
Afterwards, Tasha was left in tears. “I expected [to be pied],” she told Paige, but added it was “the reasons,” that left her upset. “That was nasty.”
Tasha wasn’t alone in thinking the whole exchange crossed a line, as viewers have rallied around her and called out the boys for “bullying”.
Luca and Dami have turned this season into Bully Island and have sucked all the fun out of it. It's just uncomfortable to watch. #loveisland
— Phia (@2020_Phia) July 18, 2022
luca and dami’s obsession with making tasha feel like shit is so fucking weird idk how gemma and indiyah still want them after seeing the way they treat her?? #loveisland
— rani (@shrutirram) July 19, 2022
these men are literally finding women’s misery hilarious??? like this is not NORMAL behaviour omg #LoveIsland
— lewys (@lookingforlewys) July 17, 2022
Luca treats Tasha like how Piers Morgan treats Meghan Markle 😭 #loveisland
— SP 🇸🇱 (@septimusajprime) July 19, 2022
— fighting (@imsotired123456) July 20, 2022
Both men ended up apologising to Tasha, but only after seeing she was visibly distressed. Dami told Tasha, “I don’t want it to be like I’m ganging up on you. I actually want us to be friends.” Luca also expressed some regrets, telling her “I don’t want to be the guy who makes a girl cry because I’ve taken a challenge too far or what I said too far,” Luca said. “And I think maybe this time I have.”
However, this isn’t the first time that Luca’s harsh words have reduced Tasha to tears. After she got emotional when she was voted as one of the least popular islanders, he had a go at her for being upset. Luca reckoned that since Andrew and Tasha had become official that day, she shouldn’t, umm… be sad for a completely different issue.
Seriously, what the hell gives this man a right to police women’s emotions??
At this stage, some might be wondering what Tasha did to deserve all this? From the viewer’s perspective, we’d say: not much!
By comparison to Andrew, Tasha has been the far more respectful partner. Throughout Casa Amor, Tasha kissed Billy once while Andrew was making out with Coco all over the villa and the short-lived couple even got sexual.
There is simply no justification for how savagely Luca and Dami have come for this poor girl.
Fans are ready for the show’s annual tweet challenge so that the boys can see what viewers truly think of them.
— Fiona (@Fi0naa_16) July 18, 2022
In the same week, Billy led on Danica and spread intimate details about their sex life, before gaslighting her for calling him out for his toxic behaviour. Meanwhile, Davide called out Ekin-Su as a “liar” during movie night, despite the fact he kissed two women in Casa Amor.
The only man in the villa who has held any of the fellas accountable has been Andrew. Is Andrew the only decent bloke left in the villa? How did we get here?
— apple (@appadoreYT) July 20, 2022
Love Island fans have even joked about voting for Tasha and Andrew — a couple regularly voted the least popular — just to get back at Luca and Dami.
— danielle (@daniell66230271) July 18, 2022
— Mol (@444molxx) July 18, 2022
One thing we can be grateful for is the women in the villa, who continue to show empathy, kindness and maturity despite all the toxicity levelled at them.
Ladies, the boys do not deserve you.
I can't understand why these women are taking these men back every time STOPPPPPP #loveisland
— Ambs (@AmberRoseGill) July 19, 2022
— bel (@bellestoev) July 20, 2022
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