Love Island sparks 1,509 Ofcom complaints

LOVE Island has filed 1,509 complaints with Ofcom following its Snog, Marry, Pie challenge.

In the task, the islanders revealed who they would kiss, marry or slap in the face with a cream cake.

Dancer and model Tasha Ghouri was in tears as Rottingdean’s Luca Bish and Dami Hope commented before throwing a cake in her face.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said the majority of complaints about Tuesday July 19’s episode relate to alleged misogynistic behavior by the boys towards the girls, even after the challenge.

The Argus: Luca Bish. Photo: ITVLuca Bisch. Photo: ITV

A further 146 were created about the Sunday July 17 episode, with such relating to the behavior and treatment of contestants during and after Movie Night.

Also, as of Monday, July 18, 351 complaints were filed about the episode, with the majority relating to alleged misogynist and bullying behavior by contestants.

Movie night, held after the islanders were reunited after Casa Amor, saw them show footage of their partners being tempted or unfaithful by newcomers.

Ofcom said in a statement: “We are reviewing the complaints against our broadcasting rules but have yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

The Argus: Dami Hope. Photo: ITVDamie hope. Photo: ITV

Last week Ofcom announced it had received 3,617 complaints about Love Island in the last seven days, many of which related to alleged misogynistic behavior by some male candidates.

It comes after domestic violence charity Women’s Aid confirmed it is in talks with ITV after viewers expressed concerns about “misogyny and controlling behaviour” on the show.

In May 2019, ITV released a new set of due diligence proceedings ahead of series five, later won by Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

They updated those processes for the latest series and began giving inclusion training, including language and behavior, to attendees before they entered the mansion.

The Argus: Tasha Ghouri. Photo: ITVTasha Ghouri. Photo: ITV

ITV previously said in a statement: “We cannot stress enough how seriously we take the emotional wellbeing of all of our islanders.

“Welfare is always our number one concern and we have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times who monitor and speak to all islanders privately and off-camera.

“Prior to this series, the show’s contributors were offered video training and guidance on inclusive language related to disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviors and microaggressions.

“We are always looking at how we expand and develop this training to ensure all of our islanders feel part of a safe and inclusive environment.” Love Island sparks 1,509 Ofcom complaints

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