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Love Island hit with 272 Ofcom complaints as viewers are left outraged

Love Island hit with 272 Ofcom complaints over ‘racist’ joke from Siânnise Fudge to Nas Majeed and big game hunter Ollie Williams’ inclusion on show

  • 231 complaints were about big game hunter Ollie Williams being a contestant
  • 36 complaints were concerned with Nas Majeed, the only Asian cast member, being referred to as ‘Aladdin’ by partner Siânnise Fudge

Love Island has been hit with 272 Ofcom complaints after just one episode. 

Furious viewers contacted the broadcasting regulator over Siânnise Fudge, 25, comparing her partner Nas Majeed, 23 – the only Asian contestant – to Aladdin, during Sunday night’s launch show. 

Other fans of the show were left outraged because of the inclusion of big game hunter Ollie Williams, 23, in the line up. 

Oh dear! Love Island has been hit with 272 Ofcom complaints after just one episode

A spokesperson for OfCom told MailOnline ‘We received 272 complaints in total about last night’s Love Island. 

‘231 are Ollie being a contestant. 36 of these are about Nas being referred to as Aladdin.’

‘We will assess these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’

The complaints come after social media erupted with viewers who were furious about both matters. 

Outrage: Fans of the show were left outraged because of the inclusion of big game hunter Ollie Williams, 23, in the line up

Race row: Furious viewers also contacted the broadcasting regulator over Siânnise Fudge comparing her partner Nas Majeed, 23 – the only Asian contestant – to Aladdin

When no one chose to step forward for Nas, Siânnise claimed ‘I’m not too sure about the shorts’ as her excuse when quizzed about why she didn’t fancy him.  

Trying to make a joke out of the situation, the Disney fan piped up that Nas ‘looked like Aladdin’ – despite bearing no resemblance to the animated character. 

Nas described himself as ‘funny, always myself, caring and considerate” in his VT, yet failed to impress the ladies with his entrance. 

 Awkward: When no one chose to step forward for Nas, Siânnise claimed ‘I’m not too sure about the shorts’ as her excuse when quizzed about why she didn’t fancy him

Flirting? Trying to make a joke out of the situation, the Disney fan piped up that Nas ‘looked like Aladdin’ – despite bearing no real resemblance to the animated character

Animated character: Twitter was awash with incredulous fan reaction as viewers were left in disbelief by her ‘racist’ comparison

After he picked Siânnise, the Bristolian beauty declared: ‘He’s lovely. I love Princess Jasmine and he looks a bit like Aladdin.’

Her partner took it well, enthusing, ‘Don’t even do that to me! I’m actually gassed now’ but Twitter was awash with incredulous fan reaction as viewers were left in disbelief by her ‘racist’ comparison. 

Continuing with her Disney comparisons, Siânnise likened Ollie to another animated character, saying, ‘I feel like you look like John Smith from Pocahontas’.   

Staying put: Love Island bosses have previously said they have ‘no intention’ of axing Ollie Williams after he was exposed as a ‘big game hunter’ 

Defiant: Producers of the ITV2 series refuse to ‘bow down to the public on a moral issue’ as they don’t believe keeping Ollie on the show will affect viewing figures

In regards to Ollie Williams’ inclusion on the show, Love Island bosses previously told MailOnline that they have ‘no intention’ of axing the land owner after he was exposed as a ‘big game hunter who posed with an array of dead animals he killed in Africa.’ 

Producers of the ITV2 series refuse to ‘bow down to the public on a moral issue’ as they don’t believe keeping Ollie on the show will affect viewing figures.

An insider told MailOnline: ‘It is highly unlikely Ollie will be booted off the series. He’s part of the lineup and already filmed the first episode – bosses see no reason to kick him off.’ 

A source continued: ‘Love Island cast Ollie out of thousands of applicants and are sticking to their decision. 

‘They’re hoping this will all blow over once the audience gets to know Ollie after seeing him on screen.’ 

LOVE ISLAND 2020: WHO ARE THE COUPLES?

                             OLLIE & PAIGE

Made In Chelsea: Ollie counts Prince Charles among his well-heeled neighbours

Name: Ollie Williams

Age: 23

Location: Cornwall

Occupation: Heir to the Lanhydrock 

Claim to fame? ‘My father is Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock. The family title is Viscount Clifden. When my father passes away or abdicates, as the eldest child, I will take on the titles and the estate.’

Dating disasters? Once got cat-fished by a 50-year-old man.

Someone You Loved: Lewis Capaldi’s ex is hoping to find love in the villa 

 Name: Paige Turley 

Age: 22 

Location: West Lothian

Occupation: Singer 

Claim to fame? ‘[Singer] Lewis Capaldi is my ex boyfriend. We went out when we were younger, I was about 17 or 18. 

‘We were together for about a year.

 It ended really amicably and we’re still pals.’

                             NAS & SIANNIESE 

A Whole New World: Could Nas be Aladdin for Siânnise?

 Name: Nas Majeed

Age: 23

Location: London

Occupation: Sports science graduate and builder

Celebrity crush? Naomi Scott [Princess Jasmine in the live-action remake of Aladdin].  

Love me, love me! Siânnise likes herself a bit of Romeo + Juliet-era Leo 

 Name: Siânnise Fudge

Age: 25

Location: Bristol 

Occupation: Beauty consultant 

Ideal man? ‘Tall dark and handsome – my friends call me Princess Jasmine. I’m after my own Aladdin, I guess.’

Celebrity crush? 90s Leo DiCaprio.

                       SOPHIE & CONNOR

Pop star sibling: Sophie’s sister is Rochelle Humes 

Name: Sophie Piper

Age: 21

Location: Essex

Occupation: Medical PA

Claim to fame? Half-sister of The Saturdays star-turned-TV presenter Rochelle Humes.

Celebrity crush? ‘Anthony Joshua. Whenever I see him fight, I yell, “Come on, use your right hook!” I have no idea what I’m talking about.’ 

Fancy a cuppa? Connor is a coffee bean salesman 

 Name: Connor Durman

Age: 25

Location: Brighton 

Occupation: Coffee bean salesman

Fun Fact: He was a naked waiter in Sydney.

Dating history: ‘I went on a date with a girl. She asked me back to her house for some more drinks and let’s just say I ended up getting on really well with her housemate…’

                           LEANNE & MIKE

Leanne Leanne! ‘I’m a 10. If you don’t love yourself, who will?’ 

Name: Leanne Amaning

Age: 22

Location: London

Occupation: Customer service advisor 

Dating disasters? ‘A guy once started rapping acapella to me. 

‘I was sat there awkwardly and had to clap afterwards.’

How far are you prepared to go in the villa to get the guy you want? ‘If I want something, I’ll get it.’  

 You’re fired! Mike’s brother was on The Apprentice

Name: Mike Boateng

Age: 24

Location: London 

Occupation: Police Officer 

Claim to fame? I know a few footballer friends from my football days. Dominic Calvert-Lewin played with me at Sheffield United. My brother, Samuel, was on The Apprentice a few years ago.’

Good at flirting? ‘I’m lucky because of my job I can use the cheeky lines about getting handcuffs out! It normally works!’ 

                       SHAUGHNA & CALLUM 

No no no! Shaughna won’t put up with f**kboys [anymore!] 

Name: Shaughna Phillips  

Age: 25

Location: London

Occupation: Democratic services officer 

Best feature? ‘My lips. I spent enough money on them!’

Celebrity crush? ‘[Love Island 2018 winner] Jack Fincham is a bit of me on toast!’ 

Oddly specific! ‘I always fancy girls with dark hair, red lipstick and white nail polish’ 

Name: Callum Jones

Age: 23

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Scaffolder 

Ideal woman: ‘I always fancy girls with dark hair, tanned skin, red lipstick and white nail polish.’

Celebrity crush? Megan Fox.

What song sums up your love life? La Bouche, Be My Lover.

                           

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