As Love Island viewers complain that this is its dullest series yet, Olivia Petter makes a case for Too Hot To Handle
Carly Lawrence is telling former flame Chase DeMoor how much he has hurt her over the course of the show. In addition to calling out his “huge ego”, Lawrence says DeMoor never made her feel comfortable or confident in herself and explains how disrespectful it was that he moved on so quickly with another contestant after their split. She then calls him a liar and accuses him of being with her for the wrong reasons. The key difference between this and a regular conversation is that DeMoor was not allowed to respond until Lawrence was done talking; he had a headscarf around his mouth. All he could do was sit there and listen. So he did.
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This is just one of the many self-improvement workshops that takes place in THTH – and it’s exactly what makes it more compelling than other reality TV dating show. The premise of the series is simple: send a group of hot, horny singletons to a tropical location with the caveat that they’re not allowed to be intimate with one another because doing so will result in a fine deducted from the overall prize money.
The idea is that by having these restrictions in place, the contestants will form “deeper connections” that transcend physical attraction. It sounds a bit “live laugh love”, but it works. Not just for the contestants, but for the viewers, too. Watching Lawrence defiantly tell DeMoor exactly how he’d made her feel without being interrupted was empowering; why had I not done the same to the men that had treated me badly? Why should straight women bottle up their anxieties and concerns to appease men? Isn’t it about time we stopped being so afraid of being deemed “psycho” for simply speaking our mind?