Love Island has been slapped with over 600 Ofcom complaints since it returned to screens on June 28.
ITV2 viewers haven’t been shy about their distaste for the seventh series of the hit dating show as they’ve flocked to communications regulator to bash the show after a number of controversial topics have sparked chaos.
Ofcom has now confirmed that they received 541 complaints from Love Island viewers over a six-day period between July 6 and July 12, the Daily Star reports.
Another 267 complaints were logged in relation to the episode which aired on July 8 as 235 viewers complained about the show’s first physically disable contestant, Hugo Hammond, being the only male contestant not to be picked for a steamy challenge.
During the same episode, another 12 complaints were made by furious fans who alleged that the black contestants on the show were subjected to discriminatory treatment.
And another 11 people found issues with Faye Winter’s behaviour when she mocked new bombshell arrivals, Lucinda and Millie.
While the two blonde babes enjoyed a speed dating session with a selection of their favourite boys, cameras panned to Faye who was watching the dates unfold from the villa’s terrace.
The 25-year-old sparked fury among viewers when she exaggerated her laugh in a bid to mock Lucinda and Millie.
Another episode which aired on July 6 also sparked commotion as 182 viewers dialled up the broadcasting watchdog regulator to complain.
Following the episode where the villa erupted into an explosive row, 156 fans objected to the other islander’s behaviour towards Hugo, while eight complaints were made about comments made by Sharon Gaffka regarding plastic surgery.
Seven more viewers were offended by the promotional references to plastic surgery in the bombshell episode.
An additional 92 complaints were made about the edition which aired on July 12.
The dating series was also hit with 97 complaints to Ofcom in its first week on air, adding to the total of complaints to 632.
Most complaints in the first week came after 22-year-old Shannon Singh was brutally dumped from the island after just two days in the villa.
Shannon had spent up to five weeks in isolation in Majorca ahead of her appearance on Love Island, only to be told that she had to pack her bags and jet back to the UK after just 48 hours.
Furious viewers insisted that the Scottish beauty didn’t ‘get a chance’ to find love or even experience the show before being booted off the island.
It comes after Ofcom’s director of broadcasting standards Adam Baxter said the watchdog is monitoring the 2021 series of the ITV2 dating show ‘more than ever’.
Baxter insisted that the duty of care of the contestants is the most important priority this year after the tragic death of former host Caroline Flack last year.
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