Love Island Star Kaz Kamwi's Family And Friends Reveal 'Vulgar' Racist Abuse On Social Media
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: ITV
Family and friends of Love Island's Kaz Kamwi have publicly called out the "vulgar" racist abuse they have received.
Kaz's Instagram account is currently being used by her relatives as she takes part in the 2021 series of the popular ITV 2 dating show.
However, they have now posted a statement calling for fans to be kind after viewing messages directed at Kaz.
“We understand that a lot of you love watching the show and that people will have differing opinions.
“However, this does not excuse the vulgar racist abuse we have been receiving on her account.
“Please remember to always #BeKind.”
The post references a statement posted by the official Love Island social media accounts ahead of the current series urging viewers to be be kind to contestants.
In June Love Island published their duty of care for contestants. ITV explained that each Islander will receive a comprehensive psychological support, social media training about the impact and potential trolling, financial management training, detailed conversations about the show's impact on their lives, a proactive aftercare package, and advice on taking management after the show concludes.
In recent days Kaz has been embroiled in a "love square" with Tyler Cruickshank, with whom she was coupled up with before Casa Amor, Clarisse Juliettè and her current partner Matthew MacNabb.
Tensions between the four Islanders reached boiling point in Wednesday's show when Kaz admitted to Tyler she still has feelings for him, which he then relayed to Matthew before Kaz had a chance to tell him.
This lead to an awkward exchange between Kaz and Matthew, as well as Tyler's current partner Clarisse.
Wednesday's episode ended with Kaz and Matthew being named as one of the couples that survived the public vote. Four Islanders are set to be dumped in Thursday's show.
a Facebook company spokesperson told Tyla: "Racism and hate speech is completely unacceptable both online and offline, and we have clear rules against it on Instagram.
"We understand how distressing this must be for Kaz’s family, and have removed comments as well as an account in relation to this. As DMs are private spaces, we encourage people to report them so we can take action.
"We’ve also built tools to help protect people, including our Hidden Words feature, which allows you to filter abusive words, phrases or emojis from comments or DMs, so you never have to see them.”
Tyla has contacted Love Island for comment.
Topics: TV And Film