Bear Grylls' The Island criticised by viewers for inciting 'class division'

The show has come under fire for implementing class division. (Getty)
The show has come under fire for implementing class division. (Getty)

This week’s episode of Bear Grylls’ The Island has caused outrage with its audience, as the show implemented a class divide to kick things off in controversial style.

During the new series’ opener that aired on 2 April, fans of the programme were divided early on after intentionally splitting the contestants into two groups: one of people earning in excess of £100,000 while the other team were made up of those who earn under the UK’s national average wage.

Two teams of eight were left on either ends of the Pacific island and tasked with finding food and shelter and generally having to survive as if they were shipwrecked.

Yet this wasn’t to everyone’s taste, as many viewers of the show were left enraged at the idea of pitting wealthy people against those less financially fortunate – despite it having no actual impact on their ability to perform in the survival series.

Tensions rose in the first episode when camps clashed. (Channel 4)
Tensions rose in the first episode when camps clashed. (Channel 4)

There was friction when the two groups came across one another on the island, as some from the ‘rich’ camp decided that the other team were ‘not my kind of people’, as each side actually split up again because they simply couldn’t get along.

The wealthier team were branded ‘sneaky’ and as ‘thieves’ when it was revealed they’d just taken some of the other team’s resources

People voiced their displeasure on Twitter, as a result.

Some were a little envious that they weren’t there.

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But generally people weren’t happy with the show forcing a class divide.

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Opposing teams squared up the first episode of The Island. (Channel 4)
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Some remembered how good previous seasons were, such as the first, while wishing for a return to the simpler structure of pure survival as opposed to the bickering and overt attempt to use class division as entertainment.

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It comes during a time where political opinion is rife in the UK in 2018, with some viewers branding the show as a ‘Tories versus Labour’ setup.

Season one of The Island. (Getty)
Season one of The Island. (Getty)

Catch The Island each Monday, 9pm, on Channel 4.

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