Love Island racks up more than 500 Ofcom complaints in just over two weeks


Love Island has been hit by more than 500 Ofcom complaints despite only having been on air for a little over two weeks.

The broadcasting watchdog regulator has confirmed to MailOnline that the popular ITV reality show – which kicked off its seventh season on June 28 – was complained about 541 times between July 6 and 12, with 267 of those complaints being logged after contestant Hugo Hammond was left out of the Line Of Booty challenge on July 8, a decision viewers hailed as ‘humiliating’ on Twitter.

On July 6, Ofcom received 182 complaints after Hugo’s throwaway comment about not liking ‘fake women’ left Faye Williams and Sharon Gaffka fuming at him.

Complaints: Love Island has already been hit by more than 500 Ofcom complaints with the majority concerned with the treatment of contestant Hugo Hammond  

Not happy: Viewers revealed they planned to complain to Ofcom over the treatment of Hugo in the Line of Booty challenge on Thursday's show

Not happy: Viewers revealed they planned to complain to Ofcom over the treatment of Hugo in the Line of Booty challenge on Thursday’s show

His flippant remark involved not being attracted to ‘fake women’ – which rubbed the two ladies – who have both had boob jobs – up the wrong way.

A further 92 complaints were made in the aftermath of July 12’s episode, in which the boys had to pass the entire contents of a Sunday dinner in record time to the girls using their mouths.

The Line Of Booty challenge saw the girls dressed as sexy police officers before picking a guy of their choice to interrogate, seduce and lock in ‘jail’ in sizzling scenes.  

None of the girls picked PE teacher Hugo, prompting viewers to say they planned to complain to Ofcom over his treatment.  

Fans quickly threatened to contact the media regulator, with one writing: ‘Humiliating someone on national television isn’t entertaining.’

The challenge saw all the boys be picked at least once by the ladies in the fun game, including Aaron and Brad, who had recently cooled their romances with Sharon and Rachel respectively.   

But Hugo could only watch on as none of the girls opted to choose him, with the contestant only joining in when conferring with the boys to pick the sexiest officer. 

Taking to Twitter with their grievances, one viewer shared: ‘If Hugo doesn’t get picked again for another challenge WATCH me be THAT Karen that reports them to Ofcom for bullying. Why they gotta do our boy like that

‘I’m ready for my mid-thirties now that I complained to Ofcom about last night’s Love Island. What an outrage that was. Humiliating someone on national television isn’t entertaining, it’s absolutely disgusting’ fumed a second.

‘These girls out here embarrassing my boyfriend hugo on love island i’m gonna complain to ofcom too’ ranted a third viewer.

A fourth watcher complained: ‘Ofcom I want words about Hugo’ 

‘If Hugo gets left out one more time I’m ringing Ofcom’ shared another disgruntled fan.

Oh no: The game made for awkward viewing as not one girl chose PE teacher Hugo, who was left to watch from the sidelines, with fans hitting out over his humiliation

Oh no: The game made for awkward viewing as not one girl chose PE teacher Hugo, who was left to watch from the sidelines, with fans hitting out over his humiliation

Not included: The challenge saw all the boys be picked at least once by the ladies in the fun game

Not included: The challenge saw all the boys be picked at least once by the ladies in the fun game

Preference: None of the ladies opted to choose Hugo for the challenge

Preference: None of the ladies opted to choose Hugo for the challenge

With another adding: ‘I’M CALLING OFCOM WHY HAVE THEY DONE THIS TO HUGO.’ 

This isn’t the only time Love Island viewers have rallied around Hugo after watching an episode. 

Love Island fans leapt to his defence after Sharon and Faye made him cry after he said he doesn’t like ‘fake women’. 

Not impressed: So much was their outrage that many threatened to contact the media regulator, with one writing: 'Humiliating someone on national television isn’t entertaining'

Not impressed: So much was their outrage that many threatened to contact the media regulator, with one writing: ‘Humiliating someone on national television isn’t entertaining’

The faux pas happened during a game, with Hugo revealing his biggest turn-off as: ‘Fake, yeah. Personality and looks.’

Hugo’s admission instantly ruffled feathers, not helped by him describing his ‘perfect type’ as: ‘Leggy blonde. Not fake.’

That word keeps getting thrown around, doesn’t it?’ Faye seethed.

Realising he’d upset some of the Islanders Hugo insisted: ‘I didn’t mean anything malicious did I?’

Sharon fumed: ‘I think I was just annoyed as a mate, I respect him enough to say to him, what you’re saying is upsetting me.’

'Poor Hugo!' Hugo found himself in hot water when a throwaway comment saw Faye and Sharon fuming at him - making him cry

‘Poor Hugo!’ Hugo found himself in hot water when a throwaway comment saw Faye and Sharon fuming at him – making him cry

Hugo later explained: ‘I just didn’t mean to upset anyone, that’s the last thing I wanted.’

He burst into tears over the upset caused, grovelling to Sharon and Faye later by the fire pit, who ended up forgiving him. 

Faye and Sharon were branded bullies for their behaviour, with many pointing out that Sharon’s partner Aaron listed ‘arm hair’ a turn off and Faye’s partner Liam admitted he has no problem dating someone already in a relationship – insisting that these things were worse.

Not impressed! Faye was branded a bully for her behaviour, with many pointing out that her partner Liam admitted he has no problem dating someone already in a relationship

Hypocrisy? Sharon was branded hypocritical with fans pointing out that her partner Aaron listed 'arm hair' a turn off

Not impressed! Faye and Sharon [L-R] were branded bullies for their behaviour, with many pointing out that Sharon’s partner Aaron listed ‘arm hair’ a turn off and Faye’s partner Liam admitted he has no problem dating someone already in a relationship

Regrets: His flippant remark involved not being attracted to 'fake women' - which rubbed the two ladies - who have both had boob jobs - up the wrong way

Regrets: His flippant remark involved not being attracted to ‘fake women’ – which rubbed the two ladies – who have both had boob jobs – up the wrong way

Others pointed out that Hugo has a disability, with one posting on Twitter: ‘Wait I’ve only just realised Hugo has a literal PHYSICAL DISABILITY but he’s the one upset to the point of tears bc the girls are making him feel guilty bc he doesn’t like fillers??’

‘Why are the girls annoyed about Hugo saying he doesn’t like fakeness? It doesn’t mean he doesn’t necessarily like surgery. It could be the attitude that people throw out!’ another penned.

Someone else posted: ‘Aaron doesn’t like hair on women, wants them to be a stay at home mummy, finds ambition off-putting & finds women sticking up for themselves unattractive yet Hugo is the one being bashed… I’m confused!’ 

LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Sharon Gaffka

 Sharon Gaffka

Name: Sharon Gaffka

Age: 25

Location: Oxford

Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport

Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me. 

‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’

Aaron Francis

 Aaron Francis

Name: Aaron Francis

Age: 24

Location: London

Occupation: Luxury Events Host

Who is their type on paper? ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that. 

‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’

Liberty Poole

 Liberty Poole

Name: Liberty Poole

Age: 21

Location: Birmingham

Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student

Who is their type on paper? ‘So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy. 

‘But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’ 

 

Hugo Hammond

 Hugo Hammond

Name: Hugo Hammond

Age: 24

Location: Hampshire

Occupation: PE Teacher

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating. 

‘I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.’

 

Liam Reardon

Liam Reardon 

Name: Liam Reardon

Age: 21

Location: Wales

Occupation: Bricklayer

Are you competitive? ‘I am competitive to a certain extent. I’m not over the top. It’s always nice being a winner. If I’m in competition for a female, I want to try my best, but I won’t go too far out of my way. If she liked you that much she wouldn’t have to make a choice.’

Jake Cornish

Jake Cornish

 Name: Jake Cornish

Age: 24

Location: Weston-super-Mare

Occupation: Water Engineer

Who is their type on paper? ‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you…

‘I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!’

Kaz Kamwi

Kaz Kamwi

Name: Kaz Kamwi

Age: 26

Location: Essex

Occupation: Fashion Blogger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’ 

Chloe Burrows

Chloe Burrows

Name: Chloe Burrows

Age: 25

Location: Bicester

Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive

Who is their type on paper? ‘I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you. 

‘And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more. 

‘I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back’

Faye Winter

Faye Winter

Name: Faye Winter

Age: 26

Location: Devon

Occupation: Letting Manager  

What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’ 

Rachel Finni

Rachel Finni

Name: Rachel Finni

Age: 29 

Location: London

Occupation: Luxury travel specialist 

Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”.’

  

Lucinda Strafford

Lucinda Strafford

Name: Lucinda Strafford

Age: 21

Location: Brighton

Occupation: Online fashion boutique owner

Which boy do you have your eye on? I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam. But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys. 

 

Brad McClelland

Brad McClelland

Name: Brad McClelland

Age: 26

Location: Northumberland

Occupation: Labourer

Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.

Toby Aromolaran

Toby Aromolaran 

Name: Toby Aromolaran

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Semi-pro footballer

How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’

 

 

  

 

Chuggs Wallis

Chuggs Wallis

Name: Chuggs Wallis

Age: 23

Location: Surrey

Occupation: Hat entrepreneur

Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of aging. Especially as half of my last year of uni was taken away and we had so many fun plans. With Covid and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed a year of my youth, so I’m really gagging to get it all back – make the most of it.’

Millie Court

Millie Court

Name: Millie Court

Age: 24

Location: Essex

Occupation: Fashion buyer’s administrator

Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve been single for over a year now. I’m ready to find ‘The One’. I’m a very spontaneous and adventurous person. I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it’

Teddy Soares

Teddy Soares

Name: Teddy Soares

Age: 26

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Senior financial consultant

What girl do you have your eye on? I want to get to know all of the girls. I’m not afraid to step on toes to get the girl I want.

 

 

 



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