Love Island 2019: Curtis Pritchard divides Twitter with bizarre motivational quote about clocks

‘I wonder if Curtis read a inspirational quote book before he went in the villa’

Katie O'Malley
Wednesday 19 June 2019 23:01
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Curtis gives motivational speech to Love Island contestants after Joe and Elma dumped

Twitter has expressed mixed opinions after Love Island contestant Curtis Pritchard shared a bizarre motivational quote about clocks.

Following the departure of Joe Garratt and Elma Pazar from the hit ITV show earlier this week, the professional dancer offered some words of wisdom to his fellow islanders to boost their spirits.

During Wednesday night’s episode, Pritchard told the contestants: “From now on, no one should take anything for granted.

"Never watch the clock, be the clock. Keep ticking, moving forward and progressing in life."

Despite the islander’s well intentions, his words appear to have divided views on Twitter, with some suggested Pritchard is vying to be the next prime minister.

One user tweeted: “Don't get me wrong; Curtis' positivity is wonderful but sometimes its just too much [sic].”

“I’m sorry but does Curtis think he’s running to be the next prime minister with these non stop speeches he’s giving [sic],” commented one user.

“Curtis literally thinks he’s Ghandi I can’t deal with him. Have a cheese toastie and shut up,” stated another disgruntled viewer.

One viewer wrote: “I wonder if Curtis read a inspirational quote book before he went in the Villa [sic].”

Despite the criticism for the somewhat odd quote, others revealed praised the islander for his positivity.

“We all need a curtis in our lives [sic],” wrote one user.

Another tweeted: “Curtis should make a TED talk”

“Always be the clock guys it's great,” stated another.

Meanwhile, one fan of the programme expressed her admiration for the dancer: “I fall more and more in love with Curtis every episode.”

Pritchard’s speech came hours after Garratt left his partner, Lucie Donlan, on the show.

In light of Garratt’s exit from the villa, his friends and family defended the former contestant’s behaviour on social media.

In recent weeks, the sandwich maker’s demeanour has had Twitter users accusing the star of gaslighting - a term used to describe a form of emotional abuse where one person gradually manipulates another in order to gain control.

A post shared on Garratt’s Instagram account by his family stated they believed he had been shown on the programme to fit “a certain narrative”.

The post read: "Speaking on behalf of Joe's best friends, we acknowledge Joe will come out to some warranted criticism.

"However, we deem the majority of it to be unfair and non-representative of Joe's true character.

"The producers have the ability to show someone in a particular light, choosing just 45 mins of footage from 24 hours to tell a certain narrative."

The comments follow criticism of Garratt’s behaviour towards fellow contestant Lucie Donlan after he questioned her friendship with boxer Tommy Fury earlier this week, calling it "strange" and "disrespectful", adding: "I think it’s time for you to get close with the girls".

Following Sunday night’s episode of the ITV2 reality show, 302 viewers complained to broadcasting watchdogs Ofcom.

Domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid also weighed in on the criticism, explaining that "controlling behaviour is never acceptable".

Responding to Women's Aid's statement, a spokesperson for Love Island said: "We take the emotional well-being of all the Islanders extremely seriously.

"We have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera, especially if someone appears to be upset. All the Islanders are therefore fully supported by the professionals on site and by their friends in the villa.

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The spokesperson stated that contestants are always able to reach out and talk to someone if they feel the need.

"We will of course continue to monitor all of our Islanders in line with our robust protocols. Love Island holds a mirror up to relationships and all the different dynamics that go with them,” they added.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship, call the Freephone 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Women’s Aid in partnership with Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.

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