Coconut Kelz, the “living, breathing parody” created by Lesego Tlhabi recently poked fun at the Love Island SA controversy.
Casting issues aside, the first few episodes of Love Island SA have been marred by a series of technical hiccups, raising serious questions about the show’s production values. Broadcaster M-Net has since apologised for ‘falling below its usual standards’ – but their statement hasn’t been enough to save the show from a wave of ridicule. The show’s main sponsor, Lotto Star also announced that it has withdrawn its sponsorship from the show.
Now, Coconut Kelz has contributed to the debate and addressed the “racism” accusations and the outrage, and said, “it’s called Love Island, not Love Robben Island”.
“You guys are saying the country is 80% black but if you look carefully, the show was shot in Stellenbosch and that’s 80% white … maybe black people didn’t apply,” she said.
“Also they can’t swim so maybe they don’t want to be stuck on an island, even though the island is the Winelands,” she added.
Kelz joked that the production chose the best candidates for the show, unlike Eskom and SAA.
“This is not like Eskom or SAA, there is no BEEE here,” she said. “M-Net is an English channel for English speakers.”
She shared the video in a Twitter post saying: “This show looks like my friendship group so where’s the racism?”
After the show aired, M-Net admitted that they had dropped the ball from minute one. They accepted that a ‘lack of diversity and production quality’ had let everyone down, and the network has since vowed to put things right:
“You called us out on the lack of diversity and production quality in our first episode of Love Island SA. We are sorry. We didn’t meet our usual standards on both counts. We are working tirelessly to fix things, and deliver the magic you deserve.”