Blind Date Sends Gay Couple To Island Where Homosexuality Is Illegal

Blind Date bosses have had an absolute 'mare with this one. On Sunday night's episode, the Channel 5 show featured bi-sexual contestants for the first time.

All was going well, with two fellas matching. Beautician Jordan Shannon chose male model Jesse Drew as his blind date on the programme, with host Paul O'Grady wishing them well.

Things got even better, when instead of going on a muddy hike in Wales or some rubbish go-karting date in Mlton Keynes, the show revealed their holiday destination and it was only a trip to Saint Lucia in the West Indies.


Fully prepared for a free trip filled with cocktails, white beaches and sparkly blue sea the pair were obviously made up. Who wouldn't be?

The couple flew out to the beautiful island, looking forward to getting to know each other in unreal surroundings.

But then things took a very swift turn for the worst.

When they landed on the Caribbean island the lads discovered that same-sex activity isn't just frowned upon, but it's actually illegal - with anyone caught and then convicted of it facing up to ten years in jail.

According to the Daily Star, Jordan revealed: "I didn't know this until I was told on the way to the hotel. I thought, 'What the f***?'"

Jesse added: "I was nervous."

"The hotel security woman told me how most gay men were in the closet there as homosexuality is illegal. It's 10 years in prison if caught."

Regardless of their worries, the date went ahead arrest free, and the pair returned to the UK without any trouble or police interference.

A Channel 5 spokesperson said: "We didn't know and are taking this up with the production company."

Last night the production companies who make Blind Date - So Television, Olga TV Production and Stellify Media - failed to comment to the Daily Star.

Viewers can find out how Shannon and Jesse got along on Channel 5 on Sunday May 12 at 8pm.

Paul O'Grady hosts the iconic show. Credit: Channel 5
Paul O'Grady hosts the iconic show. Credit: Channel 5

Saint Lucia isn't the only place with extremely conservative views on homosexuality - Brunei has famously introduced strict laws around it, with the death penalty being introduced.

However, after growing pressure and backlash from around the world, it was announced a few days ago that the introduction was being delayed.

Hopefully, lawmakers in the country are giving their heads a good old wobble and bringing themselves into 2019.


Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward is a journalist at LADbible. She studied Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, before going on to work in music PR. She has also written for the M.E.N Group and various other publications.

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