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If I had a penny for how many Black women have heard this, I would probably never have to work a day again in my life.
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Being a Black woman in a racistmisogynistic and colourist space is hard work. Society has a way of making the colour of your skin a real issue, and it just so happens that more often than not, dark skin Black women sit at the bottom of the dating food chain. When the cast for Love Island season 7 — which airs on Monday — was announced this week, to our non surprise, we saw a grand total of one dark skin Black woman. The show has received criticism for their lack of diversity since it first aired six years ago, and their response is always the same: that they're "committed to diversity".
Over the years, that token Black woman has endured disproportionate criticism and judgment before they even opened their mouths. That's exactly why I, and so many of my Black friends and peers, would rather see zero Black women on the show rather than one or two used as tokens, thrown to the wolves, used as punching bags, the butt of the joke, enduring total public scrutiny and humiliation.
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I really don't need to see black girls on Love Island anymore. What's the point? They usually have one option and then the rest of the guys have never dated a black woman in their lives.
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It just ends in tears and the girl feeling like no-one wants them. Please don't do it.
Bianca London. But being Black gives you an added layer of struggle. Beth McColl. But could this be because they already have the premonition that they simply won't be picked or welcomed? They feel needed and happy, and their uniqueness usually attracts a certain level of attention, which appears good and innocent at first. Case in point: Samira from season 4 being asked to twerk within minutes of entering the villa.
Once that Black woman acclimatises, she start to see flaws in the way she's treated. Case in point: season 6 when Mike told fellow islander Jess Gale he was leaning towards Leanne, then Jess responded with her full chest that she was "shocked at this strong preference". Of course, viewers struggled to understand what would be shocking about a Black male finding a fellow Black woman desirable. Lmao I have to laugh loveisland pic.
The moment this starts to happen and the Black woman is targeted, she is ignored, dismissed, and criticised for speaking out. What's annoying is that arabella sees yewande as nothing. So many white girls think they are above black girls and don't see them as competition and that any boy will be rushing to pick them LoveIsland. Amerley Ollennu.
Then enters the retaliation phase, when the Black woman is branded as undesirable or problematic, which subsequently le said Black woman to swiftly exit stage left. Case in point: Samira quitting the show to try and pursue Frankie after being coupled for less than 10 days: "We've been here from the start and I finally got what I wanted and now I feel like I'm back at square one but worse," she tells Dani Dyer, following Frankie's exit.
Look at Niall from season 6 who suffered from autism and says that his mental illness was not appropriately cared for, leading him to leave the show prematurely. It begs the question: why do producers cast one Black woman, knowing that every male that enters the villa has already stated what 'their type on paper' is, and Black women rarely fit the description?
Then logistically, we have the hair and makeup situation. Leanne in season 6 suffered a lot of criticism for wearing her wig cap on camera as well as how well her wigs sat on her head. However, that criticism is less a reflection on her grooming style, but more on the fact that the needs of hair and makeup for Black women are rarely met.
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Black women are far too familiar with racial microaggressions. We live it everyday, so there is little need to watch it play out on national TV. As for the Black women going into this season of Love Island : Sis, good luck, we will still be rooting for you!
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