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Thursday
Aug022018

Divorced from reality

Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks.

I blamed the heat. Then, when the temperature dropped and the rain arrived at the weekend, I found I still had writer's block.

So forgive me if I ease myself back with this little piece of trivia.

Love Island – which I have never watched in its current format – drew to a close this week. I won't go into details (the BBC website has published the highlights here so I don't have to) but I would like to add one little thing.

Last year the series got into hot water with a handful of viewers (and ASH) for broadcasting numerous scenes in which contestants were seen smoking.

Sensing an opportunity, the e-cigarette store Totally Wicked even shipped boxes of e-cigarettes to the set to encourage the cast to switch.

This year, to avoid a similar 'controversy', the producers decided to ban smoking anywhere it might be seen by impressionable viewers.

Instead there was a designated smoking area off camera and early reports said contestants had to get permission to use it.

The result was that most viewers were blissfully unaware that a number of the 'clean-living' cast were, in reality, smokers. (Oh, the irony.)

This inconvenient truth was revealed yesterday following their return home when several contestants were spotted having a cigarette, 'something that was never shown during this year's series'.

According to Metro:

[Laura Armstrong] admitted during a post-Love Island interview that she had walked out of the villa three times when things got stressful and headed to the beach for a smoke.

Megan [Barton Hanson] is also a smoker, spotted on Wednesday puffing on a cigarette as she carried out work duties with boyfriend Wes.

As for Adam Collard:

He might be a personal trainer but Adam doesn’t let that stop him from enjoying his vice.

And then there's Jack and Dani, the loved-up winners who have already announced their intention to marry:

Some fans might be surprised to see that Danny Dyer’s daughter and the winner of Love Island 2018 is also a cigarette-fiend. Dani was snapped enjoying a crafty cigarette outside her London hotel on Wednesday before she and Jack headed off to visit his work, DMG Supplies ...

Just like Dani, Jack is a smoker. The other half of Jani was also snapped smoking outside their hotel on Wednesday, although he seemed to keep his cigarette a little better hidden than Dani did.

Full story: Who smokes from Love Island 2018?.

Oh, and we mercifully didn't hear a peep from Totally Wicked this year.

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Reader Comments (2)

The lifestyle controllers are seeking to shape a new world through censorship and propaganda. After a trivial among of complaints smoking was removed from sight. Meanwhile the tobacco controllers (the vanguard of lifestyle control) after claiming there was no 'slippery slope' are moving to restrict consumption of meats (especially bacon), sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, etc. They even use the same fear tactics and fabricated stigma. It's time to stand up and stop the theft of liberty.

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 19:42 | Unregistered CommenterVinny Gracchus

This is Orwellian. Television producers must be left alone by the lifestyle health quangos. As a smoker I resent the tax lavished on those dictatorial quangos. Politics has no trust to regain.

Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 8:18 | Unregistered Commentergray cooper

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