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Love Island 2021 hit with more than 33,500 complaints across series

Love Island this year has been packed with emotional moments (Picture: ITV)

Love Island 2021 has become the most-complained about series of the show since it began, receiving more than 33,500 Ofcom complaints.

The show has aired some controversial moments, with fans speaking up when they feel scenes shouldn’t be aired.

The seventh series has so far received 33,540 complaints, Ofcom has confirmed, compared to the 1,125 complaints received over the 2020 winter series and the 2,837 received in response to the 2019 summer series.

A huge proportion of this year’s complaints came from the explosive row between Faye Winter and Teddy Soares, when she was shown a video of him admitting he was attracted to Casa Amor bombshell Clarisse Juliette.

Ofcom received 24,763 complaints following the row.

Viewers were left uneasy and shaken, with many saying ITV shouldn’t have broadcast the scenes and Faye later apologised for her behaviour.

Meanwhile, the infamous Casa Amor postcard, which showed the boys in compromising moments while they were away from the girls, prompted a further 5,000 complaints.

Other moments to have sparked complaints include the treatment of Millie Court after Liam Reardon got cosy with Lillie Haynes in Casa Amor, while a small number complained over the series cliffhangers.

Fans were upset by the scenes between Faye and Teddy (Picture: ITV)

The final of the show is nearing, with Liberty Poole and Jake Cornish being the most recent islanders to leave the villa after their split.

Liberty was left in tears as she broke up with her boyfriend, telling him she doesn’t feel that he loves her.

Now, Chloe Burrows and Toby Aromolaran, Millie Court and Liam Reardon, Faye Winter and Teddy Soares, and Kaz Kamwi and Tyler Cruikshank are set to battle it out for the £50,000 prize money.

Love Island returns Sunday at 9pm on ITV2.

What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.

Credit: Original article published here.

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