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Love Island’s Brett Staniland has spoken out about villa conversations he wishes the producers had shown.
The PhD student appeared as bombshell on the show and was dumped alongside fellow contestant and medical student Priya Gopaldas after being friend-zoned.
Since leaving the villa, Brett has spoken openly about his experience andhow it affected his mental health.
He's also offered his support to the LGBTQ+ community and spoken about his contempt for fast fashion.
Taking to Twitter, the 27-year-old called out Love Island producers for failing to show certain scenes about these issues.
“I would have loved for Love Island to air that I don’t drink alcohol. Don’t believe in fast fashion. Are liberal and a climate change activist. And don’t subscribe to historical forms of masculinity,” he said.
Instead of becoming known for his values, viewers most likely remember Brett for his dislike of cheese, his love of coffee, or for giving Priya “the ick”.
Adding to the list, he joked: “Oh and that I was a twin. Maybe that last one was too progressive.”
This isn’t the first time that Brett has addressed his reasons for entering the villa as a less conventional contestant.
In an interview with Vogue, he revealed that he hoped to change people’s perceptions of masculinity.
He said he was shocked by the amount of free clothes being sent into the villa and spent some time speaking to other islanders about the impacts of fast fashion.
“I have really strong views on fast fashion, so I stuck to wearing only my own clothes throughout my time with the show,” he said.
“I did actually talk to the other islanders about the overconsumption conversations and sustainability – it was definitely the first time a lot of them had heard about it.”
But Brett’s comments received a mixed response from fans, with some questioning whether his desire to “offer something different” went against what the show is about.
One fan asked: “Genuine question, why did you apply if you are against everything that LI literally stands for?”
“I hear what you're saying but people tune in to watch budding relationships for a bit of light relief, not debates,” another said.
Others were more supportive, with one user tweeting: “I think some people replying are missing the point. People said a LOT of falsehoods about Brett on social media and they quickly spread. Brett’s point is that LI could have stepped in and aired something to redeem his character… but didn’t.”
Despite the criticism, Brett is adamant that entering the villa was about “bring[ing] those conversations to an audience whom have never heard them,” he said.
Brett isn’t the first Love Island contestant to use their position to highlight social and political issues.
In 2017, Love Island fans saw bomb-disposal expert and humanitarian Camilla Thurlow break down after disagreeing with partner Jonny Mitchell when he said he’d feel “emasculated” if a woman paid her share of the bill on a date.
He claimed “feminism believes in almost inequality”.
Camilla's response got the whole villa talking about gender equality as she gave an impassioned speech about the history of feminism.
“I think it’s difficult for men to see that there’s been several generations which have been preferential towards men and therefore to redress the balance, there has to be in some way an active movement towards equality,” she said.
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