Search icon

Movies & TV

20th Jul 2022

Love Island hit with 3,000 Ofcom sexism complaints over controversial Casa Amor moment

Danny Jones

“Misogyny” seems to be the defining word of this season.

Love Island has been hit with more than 3,000 complaints in relation to a moment in Casa Amor following a segment where contestants got a sneak peek at what individual contestants had been up to whilst away from their current couplings.

The hit ITV2 reality show is said to have received a total of 3,617 different complaints in the past week alone following claims of “misogyny” directed at some of the male cast, as well as “sexism” over how their female counterparts have been treated during the show.

Following the ‘Mad Movies’ section of Sunday night’s show, viewers took umbrage with how Luca Bish “blew up at his partner Gemma Owen after accusing her of “flirting” with Billy Brown, despite her insistence that she wasn’t “entertaining” his advances in any way.

Moreover, many others slammed Italian housemate Davide Sanclimenti for repeatedly branding partner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu a “liar” for her supposed behaviour both prior to and during the Movie Night special. He’s since been criticised for starting a number of explosive arguments despite having himself kissed another contestant, Coco Lodge, in Casa Amor. Dami Hope has also faced similar backlash.

The above social media complaints were just a taster of the kind of complaints lodged in the past week – 3,617 and counting, to be exact – but we’d be here all night if we went through all of them.

Bish’s own family even took to his Instagram story to apologise for his behaviour:

Luca Bish family statement

Domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid are in discussion with the ITV show over concerns surrounding the “misogynistic and controlling behaviour” by several of the men on the show.

They also say there has been strong communication about how to address and improve these issues moving forward following this flood of complaints.

LISTEN: You Must Be Jokin’ with Aideen McQueen – Faith healers, Coolock craic and Gigging as Gaeilge