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For six years Love Island UK has been bringing in the viewers worldwide.
The ITV programme has been a smash hit!
However, ITV programming boss Kevin Lygo says it's unlikely the show will prioritise being more inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community.
"Love Island is a particular thing, it’s about boys and girls coupling up so if you want to do a gay version, or widen it, it is discussed and we haven’t yet found a way that would make it suitable for that show.”
This isn't the time the Queer community have been dismissed by the popular show.
Earlier this year ITV commissioner Amanda Stavri said having "gay islanders" would be a "logistical difficulty."
“Although Islanders don’t have to be 100 percent straight, the format must sort of give Islanders an equal choice when coupling up," she says.
Love Island UK has only featured one same-sex pairing in the past six seasons; and even then critics claim the show trivialised them and treated the couple as some sort of novelty.
As the publication 'Digital Spy' perfectly puts it: "By insisting on prioritising a heteronormative structure and presuming a gender binary, the sun-soaked series is not nurturing an inclusive environment that allows for relationships, or people that are outside of those confines, to truly flourish."
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