Love Island has already received nearly 300 Ofcom complaints

Zoe Shenton
Photo credit: Raquel Fernandes/ITV

From Cosmopolitan

  • The very first winter series of Love Island started on Sunday night.
  • The ITV2 show has already amassed lots of Ofcom complaints, which are mostly to do with Ollie Williams and Siannise Fudge.

We're not even one week in and the first winter series of Love Island has already received almost 300 Ofcom complaints (272 to be precise). The main complaints have been about contestants Ollie Williams and Siannise Fudge.

Before he even set foot in the South African villa, Ollie was widely criticised for being the director of a business called Cornish Sporting Agency. A listing with Companies House gives the nature of the business as "hunting" and "trapping", according to Metro.co.uk.

Pictures, which have since been deleted, also emerged which allegedly showed him posing with dead animals.

Viewers have now started a petition titled 'Remove Ollie Williams From Winter Love Island For Trophy Hunting' and it's already attracted more than 30,000 signatures.

After the first show aired, wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham added a link to the petition and tweeted: "Hello @ITV and @LoveIsland fans. The majority of people in the UK want to see an end to trophy hunting so perhaps it would be better to not provide a platform to anyone who kills wildlife for fun. Times are changing - will you?"

Photo credit: Joel Anderson/ITV

Beauty consultant Siannise also faced criticism from viewers who accused her of racial stereotyping for comparing parter Nas Majeed to Disney character Aladdin.

An Ofcom spokesperson told Digital Spy that they've received 231 complaints about Ollie and 36 regarding Siannise's comments. It's unclear what the remaining five complaints were about.

"We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate," they said.

ITV2 declined to comment.

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