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Love Island Fans Flood Ofcom With Hundreds Of Complaints Over 'Humiliating' Hugo Scenes

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Love Island Fans Flood Ofcom With Hundreds Of Complaints Over 'Humiliating' Hugo Scenes

Love Island fans have flocked to complain to Ofcom over 600 times in the last two weeks, it has now been confirmed.

The ITV dating show is meant to rile people up, keep us entertained and spark conversations - that's the very nature of it.

But some fans took issue with some of the scenes which have aired so far, including that "humiliating" Hugo Hammond challenge snub and the sharp tongues of a few of the girls, including Faye Winters and Sharon Gaffka.

The broadcasting regulator confirmed to the Daily Star that they received 541 in between July 6th and July 12th, and 267 complaints were logged after July 8th's episode.

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Hugo wasn't picked by any of the girls (Credit: ITV)
Hugo wasn't picked by any of the girls (Credit: ITV)

As many as 235 viewers complained when poor Hugo Hammond wasn't picked by any of the girls in the challenge - a moment where he looked visibly wounded and embarrassed.

This was all the more of a blow because Hugo also wasn't picked by any of the girls when he walked into the villa, either. The poor lad really can't catch a break.

Other complaints across the season include 12 allegations of discriminatory treatment towards black contestants and 11 criticisms of Faye Winter's behaviour.

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On July 6th, 182 complaints were mad - 156 of which were once again objecting to the way Hugo was treated by fellow cast-members.

Faye's behaviour has also been called into question (Credit: ITV)
Faye's behaviour has also been called into question (Credit: ITV)

In case you need a reminder, that episode was where his fight with Sharon Gaffka and Faye Winter aired, featuring a heated discussion about 'fake' girls, fillers and plastic surgery. The chat left Hugo in tears.

Subsequently, eight complaints were also made regarding comments by Sharon Gaffka in which she discussed plastic surgery and seven viewers complained about what they perceived as promotional references to plastic surgery.

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Furthermore, 92 complaints were made about the July 12th show, and an additional 97 complaints were made to Ofcom during the show's first week on the airwaves - mostly regarding Shannon Singh's brutal dumping.

This means there were a total of 632 complaints overall.

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An Ofcom executive told the publication: "We're talking about shows like Love Island that attract a high level of media or social-media interest, involve conflict, emotionally challenging situations, or require a person to disclose life-changing or private aspects of their lives.

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"We have the power in the most serious of cases to fine broadcasters or take away their licence to broadcast."

He added, however, that this would only be implemented "in the most exceptional of cases", because "freedom of expression" is paramount.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Love Island, ITV, TV And Film

Joanna Freedman
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