You’d think a same-sex dating show would know better. 🤦
British reality show Blind Date recently shipped two male bisexual contestants off to vacation at a destination where same-sex couples are illegal. Jordan Shannon and Jesse Drew arrived in Saint Lucia in the West Indies (a Caribbean island) only to learn same-sex acts are punishable by 10 years in prison. Oh hell, no.
Blind Date’s travel agent totally fudged this one up.
Ahhh, so romantic: Winning a dating show, meeting someone you really like, being sent to an island where homosexuality is illegal…wait, what? https://t.co/KGHjp9EvvR
— Fark (@fark) May 6, 2019
A spokesperson for Channel 5 claims:
“We didn’t know and are taking this up with the production company.”
Jordan and Jesse apparently stayed for the whole trip, terrified the entire time. What’s the point of a dream vacation if you feel like you’re living a nightmare?
People on social media reacted to the nightmare vacation scenario.
— Sandra 🌈 (@BerlinSandra78) May 7, 2019
2 gay lads on blind date just picked to go to St Lucia 😩 – where gay sex is illegal. Perhaps they will be the first couple to be jailed whilst on their date #Blinddate
— Mark B (@smuk1) May 5, 2019
Blind Date sent a bi couple to St Lucia where sex between them would’ve been illegal and there’s no hate crime protection. They could’ve got 10 years in prison. On Sunday they’re back on the show to review their experience… https://t.co/43sCgbeJkO
— Sali Owen 🌈 (@SaliWho) May 8, 2019
Many are concerned about the risky situation the reality show threw the contestants into.
A TV production company owned by Graham Norton. 🤦♂️
— Joe 🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@jowie) May 7, 2019
Hopefully this is a wake up call for so many LGB people who travel to these horrific countries and don't know.
— David Andrew Ruffle🏳️🌈 (@Dave_Ruffle) May 7, 2019
Name one thing same sex couples have to do that straights don't even think about:
– Check whether they could be arrested going on holiday somewherehttps://t.co/K95kdotn8F
— Tom Canham (@tcanham459) May 7, 2019
Last night Jordan Shannon picked Jesse Drew on #BlindDate, the reward? Holiday to Saint Lucia in the West Indies where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by 10 years in Prison.
— Refugee Nik 🇨🇾🇬🇷🇬🇧Ⓥ ❌ (@RefugeeNik) May 6, 2019
It’s clear a small amount of research would’ve prevented this screw-up.
It literally took me longer to edit those red lines onto this picture than it did to google "St Lucia homosexuality laws". This isn't an excuse. Mistakes happen but when those mistakes put people in danger like this something as simple as a google search should not be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/uOfoPBqoQW
— PunkRobyn! (@RobynTimmons92) May 8, 2019
Having to check if a location is safe or not, is a concept that has never been a factor for a lot of people.
However if you're a TV Show that's going to send a Gay couple on a Holiday.. how is there not someone checking something so basic ?
— Brandi 🐰🌹💜🌹🐰 (@EmilyroseRob) May 8, 2019
But others couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of it all.
It might sound crazy, but there are actually countries that jail people for homosexuality.
Reports have cautioned that gay Americans “risk their lives” when traveling to countries like Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran and Mauritania.
So if there’s anything positive to salvage from Jordan and Jesse’s uncomfortable experience, at least we know where to avoid for summer vacation.