Blind Date sends bisexual couple to island where gay sex is illegal

Ryan Butcher@ryanjohnbutcher
Tuesday 07 May 2019 10:15
Showbiz
(Channel 5)

File this one away under "you had one job." Blind Date bosses sent two bisexual men on holiday to an island where gay sex is illegal.

The iconic dating show - made famous by Cilla Black and her repeated threats to turn up to contestants' weddings in some kind of novelty hat - made a return to screens in 2017, when it was revived and revamped by Channel 5, hosted by Paul O'Grady.

And Sunday night's episode saw a watershed moment in the show's 34-year history by featuring its first-ever bisexual line-up.

In the end, beautician Jordan Shannon chose male model Jesse Drew as his blind date and the pair were visibly over the moon when they learned from O'Grady they'd be jetting off to the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Sun, sea and cocktails - sounds like heaven, right?

There's just one problem...

Same-sex activity is illegal for men in Saint Lucia.

While sex between two females is legal, gay sex between two men is punishable under the country's 'buggery and gross indecency laws' by up to ten years imprisonment and even a fine.

Jordan and Jesse weren't aware of the homophobic laws until they landed, with Jordan telling the Daily Star:

I didn't know this until I was told on the way to the hotel. I thought, 'What the f***?'

And his date 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 ten years in prison if caught.

The pair managed to get through the date without being arrested and locked up and returned safely to the UK.

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

You can find out how Jordan and Jesse got on during their date - despite, you know, the homophobic location - on this Sunday's episode.

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