Love Island and its spin-off show Aftersun are the subjects of criticism yet again, this time from over 2,000 fans who have complained to TV regulator Ofcom.
According to reports from Daily Mail, the complaints in question stem from the infamous 'Move Night', in which the Islanders discovered what happened during the Casa Amor part of the series. The reactions from the male contestants not only received a negative reception from viewers, but also from women's rights charities, too.
For some context, the episode saw Luca Bish get angry at his partner Gemma Owen as he accused her of flirting with another contestant, Billy Brown. As she denied this, Dami was also criticised for telling Summer Botwe to 'shut up' and calling her 'fake'.
The episode caused a mammoth 2,481 viewers to directly contact Ofcom, according to the Daily Mail, to file complaints 'related to alleged bullying and misogynistic behaviour from some of the male contestants.' An 427 extra complaints were made about Aftersun.
ICYMI, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu was the subject of speculation on the spin-off show from Laura Whitmore and her panel of guests, over what happened in bed with Casa Amor contestant George. The treatment of Jacques O'Neill during his interview also received complaints.
In a statement defending their host, ITV said: 'Laura is the presenter of the show, and part of that role is to pose questions to the panel and discuss events in the villa. We do not condone trolling against either our host or our Islanders and any subsequent elevation of these comments.'
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Since Movie Night, domestic abuse charity Women's Aid has spoken out, saying the show was displaying 'misogyny and controlling behaviour', adding in a tweet: 'Following our #LoveIsland news, if you are wondering what kind of useful info you can pass on to teenagers & young people about healthy relationships, have a look at this section on our Love Respect site, with sections on gaslighting, red flags and consent.'
In response, a spokesperson for ITV told Cosmopolitan UK: 'We cannot stress highly enough how seriously we treat the emotional well-being of all of our Islanders. Welfare is always our greatest concern, and we have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times, who monitor and regularly speak to all of the Islanders in private and off camera.'
The spokesperson continued: 'Ahead of this series, contributors on the show were offered video training and guidance covering inclusive language around disability, sexuality, race and ethnicity, behaviours and microaggressions.'
'We are always looking at how we expand and evolve on this training to ensure that all of our Islanders feel they are part of a safe and inclusive environment.'
A further 413 complaints were also made after Monday's episode when Luca said that Tasha Ghouri was using her partner Andrew Le Page to further her own success in the contest.
Lucas's sister later apologised for his behaviour on his Instagram account, writing: 'I want to apologise on behalf of Luca for his insensitive reaction on last night's episode. I know that when he watches it back, he will be embarrassed and deeply apologetic.'
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