Love Island receives 62 Ofcom complaints after viewers claim Siannise ‘said the N-word’
Love Island has received 62 Ofcom complaints after viewers were left convinced that Siannise Fudge said the N-word.
The broadcasting regulator confirmed that they had received a number of complaints following a scene in which Bristolian Siannise comforted Shaughna after she was dumped by Callum.
Siannise was seen gathering around the group, with Rebecca telling Shaughna not to date scaffolders any more.
Viewers thought they heard Siannise saying “date n*****s”, however, ITV have insisted she said: “They ain’t no good.”
“Viewers are mistaken,” they said. “No one said — and nor would we broadcast — the word in question.
“We strongly refute any suggestion to the contrary.”
It is clear in the video that Siannise does not use the word and instead tells Shaughna: “They ain’t no good.”
However, Ofcom confirmed they had received 62 complaints over the scene for “offensive language”.
It’s not the first time viewers have complained over scenes from the winter series of the show, after 35 complaints were received over the treatment of Shaughna Phillips.
Viewers of the show hit out over the treatment of the 25-year-old after she was savagely dumped by Callum Jones for Molly Smith following the Casa Amor twist.
35 viewers complained as the episode was teased, before a further 65 submitted complaints when the full episode aired.
Ofcom added in a statement: “We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”
Earlier in the series the show also received complaints against contestant Ollie Williams, after photos emerged of him reportedly trophy hunting and posing next to the bodies of dead animals on social media.
In total 231 viewers complained about Ollie before he left the show to pursue a relationship with his ex-girlfriend.
A further 36 complaints were received after Siannise compared her co-star Nas Majeed to Aladdin, sparking a race row on the show just days after it started.