M-Net Apologizes For ‘Racist’ Love Island SA Episode
The situation on Love Island’s alleged racist first production has escalated to new heights for both the production company and its television channel, M-Net.
Furious netizens called out the television channel for airing the debut episode of love island with a predominantly white cast – and just two blacks.
After black Twitter backlash and intervention of one major production sponsor – Lottostar, M-Net has finally given heed and apologized for the ‘regretable’ mistake.
South Africa’s Lotto company – Lottostar announced that it was making a decision to ‘respectfully’ withdraw its sponsorship on Tuesday morning.
“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
Taking to Twitter this afternoon, M-Net lamented black Twitter’s reaction to the said mistake and promised to fix the issue as soon as possible.
“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’s statement read.
— M-Net (@MNet) March 2, 2021
Last night after its first episode, Love Island SA quickly changed its cast to accommodate 3 more black contestants.
— respectfully (@stha__mtshali) March 1, 2021
But Mzansi wasn’t having it as they quickly dismissed the stunt.
Watch more episodes of Love Island’s South African franchise on DSTV’s M-Net channel.
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