Bearing in mind the nature of the show she presents which, let’s face it, as much as it aims to, doesn’t 100% respect the dignity of the individuals taking part, I think it’s a bit harsh that Love Island host, Caroline Flack, felt forced to quit the headline-grabbing ITV2 show.
The outcome of an assault charge is still pending after she allegedly attacked her professional tennis player boyfriend, Lewis Burton.
And yes I can hear the roar of indignation and shock from here. And no, I am definitely NOT condoning the assault of any human being by another human being, whether male or female.
But come on, as far as the law is concerned, she hasn’t actually been found guilty yet. Which means that whatever did or did not happen in private should really stay private until the whole sorry tale is heard, and judged, in court.
That’s when the consequences of her actions, whatever they might or might not have been, should kick in.
In the meantime, an anger management course might be a good idea. It is a bitter irony, though, that Flack is having to step down from her job when we often hear how police sometimes don’t even bother turning up to domestic incidents, let alone take action.
But, enough of the hyperbolic flack aimed at the ITV2 presenter now.
Let the law take its course, but, I mean Love Island, the show she presents, isn’t exactly an innocent party if we’re talking best pastoral care is it, despite all the measures put in place to support the Islanders’ emotional wellbeing?
The whole show, although clearly based on the idealism of finding true love, in truth also deals in manipulation, humiliation and, in Amy Hart’s case in the last series, degradation.
When Curtis Pritchard dumped the besotted Love Islander in front of millions of people watching at home, the cameras zoomed in and whirred and rolled as her heart was broken
close-up, tearily harking back to the long-term plans they’d previously spoken of.
Painful enough to watch, let alone to experience in front of millions of TV viewers.
No one’s innocent in the game of TV manipulation. I only hope Caroline and her partner are receiving as much support as they are headlines at this very difficult time for them both.