Regional accents are routinely discriminated against in the national media, often deemed unintelligible or vulgar. Until regional voices are incorporated into mainstream television dramas, reality TV continues to offer the only outlet for regional relatability on the small-screen. Against this dominant trend, Love Island’s producers have refused to succumb to London-centricity – even if the show remains problematic on other accounts.

Female political leaders have more demands placed upon them than their male counterparts: criticised for crying at the ‘wrong’ times, and for failing to cry when the gravity of the situation demands it. This paradox is enforced particularly hard upon older, Conservative-leaning women who tend to be more reserved in public. To avoid both sexism and ageism, journalistic obsession over women’s emotions, and their emotional responses, must stop altogether. Crying is not an objective science, and ‘to cry’ is not synonymous with ‘to feel.’

Rape comments – like those levied at Jess Phillips by UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin – are never unintentional, offhand or a heat-of-the-moment attack: they are a careful type of performance by right-wing politicians, desperate to challenge mainstream media and shore-up public support. We need to stop giving such individuals the airtime to ‘defend’ or contextualise their views.