3,000 Love Island fans file Ofcom complaints following 'misogyny' row

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Over 3,000 Love Island fans have filed Ofcom complaints following the 'misogyny' row that stemmed from Sunday night's (July 17) explosive episode.

The infamous Movie Night saw the Islanders discover what exactly went on in Casa Amor, and the boy's reactions has sparked outrage from both viewers and women's rights charities.

A whopping 2,481 viewers contacted Ofcom to complain about the behaviour displayed in the episode, according to Daily Mail, and a further 427 complained about Aftersun for the comments made about Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and the treatment of Jacques O'Neill during his interview with host Laura Whitmore.

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The episode saw Luca Bish fume at his partner Gemma Owen for what he claimed was flirting with Billy Brown, even though she denied any interest in him. Meanwhile, Dami Hope was criticised for calling Summer Botwe "fake" and telling her to "shut up".

Another 413 complaints were made after Monday night's episode (July 18) when Luca picked Tasha Ghouri as the islander riding on the back of her partner’s coat tails, meaning she was using Andrew Le Page to get further in the contest.

Women's Aid described the on-screen behaviour as "controlling" and displaying "misogyny and controlling behaviour", before revealing that the charity is in talks with ITV about the network's duty of care for relationships.

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Photo credit: ITV

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"At Women's Aid, we are being tagged into a stream of Twitter posts, with viewers of Love Island highlighting the misogyny and controlling behaviour being shown on screen," said Teresa Parker, head of communications and media relations at Women's Aid, per Metro.

"This is clearly more than talking about any individual contestants, and a programme based around the formation of romantic relationships must have guidelines on what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable in those relationships."

Luca's sister Claudia previously apologised on behalf of his behaviour on his Instagram account.

"I want to apologise on behalf of Luca for his insensitive reaction on last night's episode. I know that when he watches it back, he will be embarrassed and deeply apologetic," she wrote.

Love Island airs on ITV2 and is available via catch up on ITV Hub and Britbox.

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