What TOWIE promote toxic masculinity”?


Over eight years, Is The Only Way of Essex has kept the viewers hooked with his brilliant brand of real life, the drama, which is served in a place filled with glamour along with some enviable outfits.

The opening show of the waiver argues that “the tanning of view may be false, but the real people”.

However, the apparent reality has made uncomfortable viewing for some fans in the first two weeks of the new series.

Viewers have expressed their concern about the on-screen behavior of some of the show’s biggest stars and the way they treat their partners.

In social networks, some have accused the cast members James “Lockie” Lock and Myles Barnett of abusive language and behavior.

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Sian Hawkins, director of the campaign for the domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, believes that the show of the latest series (22) normalizes “the masculinity toxic”.

“The first two episodes are manifestations of nasty, potentially abusive behavior on the part of some of the central characters towards their girlfriends,” he tells the BBC.

“As part of a pattern of behavior, signs of danger”.

Hawkins refers to a scene where Myles named bride Courtney Green a “dirty little dog” in the street after a fellow cast member, Jordan Wright, boasted of flirting with her.

Myles then threw a drink over Jordan before you insult his girlfriend, he called her “slag” and walk out.


TV critic Emma Bullimore says to the viewers to watch TOWIE as a “soap or panto”.

“We know that some scenes are heightened or “smoothed” to make it more dramatic and exciting, keeps us on the edge of our seats,” he tells the BBC.

She says that no one is waiting for “impeccable” behaviour of the actors and that “arguments, slanging matches, break-ups and below the belt comments” have always been part of the series.

However, she pointed out recently, there has been a change.

“Up until now this series, there have been some disturbing scenes that seem to have crossed the line,” she says.

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Hawkins agrees. “It is unacceptable that Myles thinks that verbal abuse is justified only because Courtney talked with another man,” she says.

“This is the type of behavior to Women Helps us to recognize the needs to be called. If this is normalized by programmes such as TOWIE, contributes to a culture that allows the behavior to be normal, as part of a relationship – we want to promote a balance of power.”

Representatives of Myles Barnett and James Lock haven, did not respond to requests for comment.Reflection and apologies’

A spokesperson for TOWIE’s production company Lime Pictures, told the BBC the show “reflects real life of the actors”, and pointed to the fact that the behavior was challenged by others in the show.

“Producers strive to portray the whole story without censorship or commentary, while be aware that unacceptable behaviour should not remain without response,” a statement said.

“This is an ongoing series and follow the evolution with our cast and their relationships, but in the episodes that have aired have been scenes that showed the fellow cast members of’ the critical and also the reflection and apologies from those involved.”


The discussion between Myles and Courtney came a week after a row, which he saw as a member of the cast of Chloe Lewis say Lockie had previously acted “aggressively” toward his bride Yaz Oukhellou.

Chloe said: “That someone from the girl. If you had a daughter that one day you want to be spoken to by their partner in the way you speak to Yaz?”

In response to Lockie shouting at her, Chloe added: “do not talk to me as well, and that’s never going to speak to me that way again. My boyfriend doesn’t talk to me that way and you certainly never talk to me that way.”

When Yaz started to cry, Lockie called her a “spoiled child” and accused her of “playing the victim”.

“Lockie is to isolate the Yaz of your friends, blames you for his anger and cause in it,” Hawkins says.

“Yaz told his mom that it was “mining” in it, every time they have a row is the control of behavior. These patterns of behavior toxic and toxic masculinity has a lot of negative connotations.”‘Venomous outbursts’

This is something Bullimore also to the warnings. “These are poisonous outbursts of men outraged that their friends are not doing what they say, degrading, and misogynist language and the attempts to control them,” she says.

“The line” do not start to have opinions! ” Lockie summarizes the attitudes of the Neanderthals on the screen.”

She has in mind, however, that while the scenes are “difficult to see”, they are there for the drama.

“You get hooked, because you want to see these characters get their well-deserved – exactly what producers want.”


Yaz responded to the suggestions that your partner has displayed abusive behavior in an interview with OK! The magazine this week.

“I’d be lying if I said James and I didn’t row, but I’ve never seen him act that way, that is the reason why I was so angry,” she said.

“I was embarrassed. If I was a weak woman who was allowing her boyfriend to talk to her as just an excuse and say that all is well.

“This is not right, and if I were to do it again, I do not accept it.”Extreme representations of gender’

Hawkins says that there are deeper issues with the way in which men and women are portrayed in the show.

“There is extreme gender representations of ‘laddy’ men, who enjoy the jokes of the culture and are always going to the gym,” she says.

“The women are very feminine, sometimes are submissive and subordinate, and to confirm that the archetype of the role of housewife.” She wants to TOWIE producers to challenge the stereotypes.


“I want to see a balance in the relationships in the commercial media of TV, so that women are given the power to resist their boyfriends if they are being aggressive.”

Bullimore agrees about the need for a greater balance, and says that the show would lose viewers if it was an “anodyne, argument-free space”.

“But in an era in which we are paying particular attention to the way women are being treated in our society, it is certainly disturbing that we are classing this type of sexist, entitled male behavior as entertainment,” she says.

If you need support with domestic abuse or violence, the BBC’s Action Line has information about a variety of organizations that can help.

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