LOVE Island fans have complained that Yewande Biala is getting “zero screen time” amid fresh racism rows.
On Monday, viewers slammed the ITV2 dating show after Yewande marked the fourth year in a row that an ethnic minority contestant was picked last in the first coupling ceremony.
Now furious critics have questioned why Yewande is getting less screen time than her fellow Islanders – also being left disappointed when newcomer Curtis Pritchard chose Amy Hart over the Irish beauty last night.
The 23-year-old cancer scientist was partnered with heavily inked Michael Griffiths by default during launch night when they were the two contestants left without a partner.
Yewande was briefly seen bonding with professional dancer Curtis during last night’s show, and appeared hopeful that he would choose her at the end of the episode.
Fans were also convinced, especially when the hunk said that the girl he was going to pick was “intelligent”.
When he opted for blonde air stewardess Amy instead, fans flocked to social media to fume about his decision – and Yewande’s lack of air time.
One angry fan wrote: “I’ve had enough of Love Island. Why is it always the black girls that are getting overlooked?
“I’m sorry but @yewande_biala is the prettiest girl on this season… Lads open your eyes.”
Another tweeted: “I feel so bad for Yewande, she deserves so much recognition and screen time.”
A third fumed: “Yewande doesn’t deserve this disrespect.”
Former Love Island star Marcel Somerville blasted the ITV2 show in an exclusive interview with The Sun after Yewande followed in his and other minorities, Malin Andersson, and Samira Mighty’s footsteps of not being picked on launch night.
He told us: “The one thing that lets the show down is when they’re doing their casting they don’t take into consideration people’s tastes.
“The casting progress needs to change. They need to listen and think about who they’re putting in the villa and at what times.
“They need to make sure people match up in terms of their types, they put a bunch of good looking people in there but if you’re putting people in there that won’t form connections you’re making it impossible − especially if it is a person of colour, they’re making it seem like it’s a colour situation.”
Speaking about his rejection on the 2017 series of the show, 33-year-old Marcel – who eventually found love with Gabby Allen – added: “As a person of ethnic background you do feel ‘Is it because I’m black?’ You do have that go through your head.
“When Samira was on the show she liked dating white guys but they didn’t send in any white men that liked dating black girls.
“She could fancy someone and put everything on the line for that person but it won’t be reciprocated to her because she’s not their type. They put Samira in the villa but no one was interested for weeks.
“Samira is totally beautiful, the fact she found it so hard in the villa was perplexing.”
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Last year’s series of Love Island also came under scrutiny when viewers accused producers of airbrushing out Samira’s romance with Frankie Foster.
The West End actress was left devastated when Frankie was booted out of the villa – eventually quitting the show in order to be with him.
The move baffled fans, with viewers completely unaware that there was anything serious going on between the pair due to their lack of airtime.
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