Sunday past wasn’t a great one for M-Net and South Africans, as Love Island premiered and viewers were left highly disappointed. Viewers took to Twitter to discuss their feelings about the show. Many explained how poor the production was, producers were chatting during the episode and the sound quality was poor. The dating show was also called out on the lack of diversity, M-Net then released their statement which read…
“You called us out on the lack of diversity and production quality in our first episode of Love Island SA. We’re sorry – we didn’t meet our usual standard on both counts”.
“We are working tirelessly to fix things, and to deliver the Magic you deserve”, M-Net stated.
It doesn’t end there, on Tuesday the show’s biggest sponsor pulled out too.
“LottoStar has taken the decision to respectfully withdraw its sponsorship of Love Island SA. We wish the show and its contestants every success”, the lottery LottoStar announced on Twitter.
— M-Net (@MNet) March 2, 2021
“LottoStar has taken the decision to respectfully withdraw its sponsorship of Love Island SA. We wish the show and its contestants every success” – Director, LottoStar. #LoveIslandSA
— Lottostar (@Lotto_Star) March 2, 2021
So this is Love Island SA! SA! Like South Africa !!! South AFRICA ! Where majority of the population is black cause it’s AF👏🏾RI👏🏾CCCCAAAA! It’s 2021 please let’s not play these games . Aint nobody got time for that pic.twitter.com/MzyG8d9LlJ
— Elsa Majimbo 🇿🇦 (@ElsaAngel19) March 1, 2021
Love island South Africa is out and I’m sad! This is just awful man. How is there only two black people on the show. How? With 80% of its population being black! I’m so over it and shame shame shame @loveislandsa 😭
— maymuna (@maymunamaalim) March 1, 2021