Viewers outraged by “sexist” and “homophobic” men on Eden: Paradise Lost

The comments and behaviour of a splinter group called the 'valley boys' left viewers aghast

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Last night’s penultimate episode of Eden: Paradise Lost has provoked a strong reaction from fans, who were outraged by what they saw as “sexist” behaviour and a series of “homophobic” remarks from some of the camp’s men. 

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A splinter group called the ‘valley boys’ were the source of the ire – splitting themselves off from the rest of the group and making the decision to take on an all-meat diet, leading to increased slaughter of the community’s livestock. 

They then went on to make a series of sexist and homophobic remarks, leaving viewers aghast:

Channel 4’s doomed reality series-cum-social experiment returned this week with five hour-long episodes depicting the events of last year, when the broadcaster dropped 23 men and women into the Scottish Highlands for 12 months and tasked them with setting up a new, idyllic society. 

Things didn’t exactly go to plan. A combination of depression, hunger and in-fighting saw the society collapse. Only ten contestants stayed until the end of the show, with many pulling out due to health concerns.

After a brief run in summer 2016, the show went off the air. The contestants emerged in March of this year to discover that they were not quite reality TV famous yet. 

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The show’s revival this week was billed as a dark depiction of how things fell apart – and so far it has lived up to expectations.