Fans Are Calling For ITV To Drop ‘Love Island’ Contestant After ‘Blackface’ Images Emerge

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, TV
Published 03.06.19
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Before this season of Love Island has even begun, people are calling for contestant Anton Danyluk to be dropped from the cast, after pictures emerged of him donning blackface.

Danyluk, a 24-year-old gym owner has come under fire after The Sun looked into his Facebook account and found an image of him dressed up as actor and former wrestler, Mr T.

Complete with face paint to make his decidedly white skin appear darker, Danyluk can be seen wearing a mohawk cap, dungarees, gold chains and dark sleeves also meant to mimic the actor’s skin colour.

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Love Island is due to start tonight (3rd June) and so far it’s already garnered a fair amount of criticism, since two former stars of the show have committed suicide, with fans claiming that ITV aren’t doing enough to support contestants once the show has ended.

Now, again even before the season has started, people are calling for Anton Danyluk to be dropped from the show, taking to Twitter to air their distaste.

Marcel Somerville, who starred on Love Island in 2017, has also criticised Anton, taking to his Instagram story and writing:

Blackface isn’t just about painting one’s skin darker or putting on a costume. It invokes a racist and painful history.

The origins of blackface date back to the minstrel shows of mid-19th century. White performers darkened their skin with polish and cork, put on tattered clothing and exaggerated their features to look stereotypically ‘black’.

The performances were intended to be funny to white audiences. But to the black community, they were demeaning and hurtful.

It doesn’t matter if you are dressing up as Mr T ‘for a laugh’ or pretending to be Al Jolson, there’s never an excuse for it. I find blackface extremely offensive and there’s no place for it in any situation.

The Love Island bosses vet all contestants, but they must have missed this picture in his social media feed or they probably wouldn’t have let him on the show.”

Love Island is due to be aired tonight on ITV2 at 9pm. Looks like it’s going to be a contentious one.

Images via ITV, Twitter

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