There’s no denying that reality stars have the power to influence people, particularly younger generations. But do you think they are bad role models? Or can they do good?
On Good Morning Britain to debate the topic this morning was Love Island star Kady McDermott, who made headlines after she had sex on the reality television show. Kady was recently axed from a Christmas lights switch-on after a backlash from local mums. Residents in Welwyn Garden City signed a petition to have Kady removed from the seasonal event over worries she is a bad role model for young women.
The reality star defended her actions, saying having sex on television doesn't 'define' her and that her behaviour was natural for someone who was in a relationship for a number of weeks.
However, broadcaster and author Anna May Mangan thinks it’s the right move. She thinks Kady is "entirely inappropriate for the job", stating she would rather choose "the local lollipop lady".
Kady was terribly upset after discovering she'd been dropped, stating the mums who petitioned against are ‘hypocrites’.
"It takes a lot for me to cry and it resulted in me crying on SnapChat," she said.
Joint statement from the Welwyn Garden City Business Improvement District (BID) and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
"The Welwyn Garden City BID team, not the council, are the organisers of this year’s Christmas lights switch-on in the town. The BID and the council are separate organisations, and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council made no request that the BID team cancel Kady McDermott’s appearance at the Christmas lights switch-on.
The reasons for the decision are set out in previous statements provided by the BID which confirmed their reasons for cancelling the booking of Kady.