Visually impaired “Love Island” fan Lynette Proctor has slammed ITV2’s decision for failing to include an audio description for this year’s show even with one partially visually impaired contestant. Love Island has been a show that promotes diversity and inclusivity, never scared to accept contestants of different races and backgrounds.
They have also opened their arms to people with disabilities. In 2021, the show featured Hugo Hammond, a secondary school PE teacher and cricket player. He introduced himself as an exercise fanatic with his innate disability. Hammond, born with a clubfoot, shared:
“I’ve actually played cricket for England PD (Physical Disability). I’ve been to Bangladesh, Dubai, I’ve been everywhere to play cricket.”
He underwent a series of surgeries as a child and has had to live with the condition. But Hammond did not allow that to limit him. Though he admitted how much walking on his toes affected him, the PE teacher was more concerned with inspiring the younger generations.
This year, viewers were exposed to Ron Hall, a handsome young man who made history as the first partially sighted contestant. Like Hammond, Hall, who was blinded at a young age, is not allowing his disability to become a limitation, and so far, some fans have earmarked him as their favorite.
Amid the love and drama in this year’s season, one visually impaired “Love Island” fan is calling out the showrunner. According to Lynette Proctor, Love Island’s audio description failure is somewhat discouraging, especially since she loves the show.
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Visually Impaired “Love Island” Fan Slams ITV2
Visually Impaired “Love Island” fan, Proctor noted that not including an audio description for this season, especially with Hall on board, does not feel right with her.
In the past, Love Island’s audio description has helped the visually impaired to make sense of the show since they are unable to see. Proctor, who has a guide dog assigned to her, confirmed that “Love Island” is her favorite show from the time they unleash their contestants.
The 34-year-old admitted she was pleased to hear of Hall’s involvement and that her friends intended to get her on the show, even though she believed she would not “fit the mold.” She raved about how Hall’s inclusion would open people to the peculiarities of being visually impaired, claiming that she is no different than a normal person. However, she added:
“It disappoints me that viewers who are partially sighted or blind are still being excluded. This is due to the lack of audio description (AD) on the show.”
A spokesperson for the network explained that the nature of production has put them in a tight spot, and it’s almost impossible to have an audio description. For now, they can only provide a subtitle, as the technicalities involved in Love Island’s audio description are not within their reach.