A headteacher in Wimbledon warned that ITV’s Love Island sends an “unbelievably dangerous” message and that it could undermine the #metoo debate.
Delivering a warning at the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference Jane Lunnon, head of Wimbledon High School, suggested ITV’s Love Island is “trivial nonsense”, saying it poses a threat to important issues.
She told the annual autumn meeting: "I was particularly struck by the Love Island thing - it wasn't just the way it dominated teen consciousness, it was the way it basically dominated public discourse.
"So what has happened that makes Love Island become something real and significant?
"And the problem attached to that is what are the long-term consequences of a world where a) we are celebrating something essentially trivial, and b) we are focused, such relentless focus on appearance and the presentation of brand self - which we know is a spillover from social media itself.
"And Love Island's message, it seems to me, is conform and look beautiful otherwise you are not worthy of being loved.
"Which is unbelievably dangerous. And that is what our teens are picking up, of course, when they watch that, but also every time they go online.
"It is a real vicious circle, I think, in that regard."
Mrs Lunnon said: "We might have to decide which camp we are in - I think we might have to ask our girls and our boys, actually, which camp are we in?
"If we want to be taken seriously - the Me Too debate, hear us, we have agency, we have a voice - can we also be saying this trivial nonsense matters?"
‘They are not perfect’
Psychotherapist Lucy Beresford has said that no contestant on Love Island “would identify as perfect”.
Ms Beresford told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “They are not perfect, no one on that show would identify as perfect.
“They have flaws themselves and that is why one of the girls who was on the show, called Megan, she has almost become a mouthpiece for feminism.”