It’s the show that everybody in the UK is talking about, but now Love Island UK has come up against 500 complaints over the behaviour of one of the show’s contestants.
Love Island sees a group of singletons ‘couple-up’ in the hope of finding love. To stay in the villa, contestants must be in a couple and win over the hearts of the public to win the $90,000 prize.
However, despite the show being a roaring success at the moment, fans are furious that bosses haven’t kicked 28-year-old Irish model, Maura Higgins, out of the villa.
Maura sparked over 500 official complaints to Ofcom, the UK’s TV regulator, during the week, after she tried to kiss fellow contestant, Tommy Fury.
Maura tries to kiss Tommy
On Friday night, viewers of the show saw Maura tell professional boxer, Tommy, that he gave her ‘f***y flutters’ and asked him to kiss her.
However, he shut her down, saying that while he fancied her, he wanted to ‘get to know her first’ before kissing her.
But it seems that wasn’t enough for the brunette model, who was later seen straddling a clearly uncomfortable Tommy on the couch.
Right I'm not being funny but. Maura is 28. Tommy is 20. She is objectifying him, commenting on his body constantly, hasn't mentioned a single thing about his personality AND IS FORCING HIM TO KISS HER. I'm just saying if this was a guy there would be a war #loveisland— Georgiamd17 (@georgiamd17) June 14, 2019
Am I the only one that thinks Maura is a total bunny boiler 🐰🤣❤️🌴 #Loveisland— hotshotgamer (@BuckBecky) June 17, 2019
If a lad was doing what Maura is doing to Tommy, forcing him to kiss her, trying to get in bed with him and constantly trying to touch him, he would be getting slaughtered online. Double standards. She’s 28 years old and he’s 20. Creep #loveisland— Lennon Campbell (@shakermakerLC) June 14, 2019
Imagine that was Tommy forcing Maura for a kiss, everyone would be kicking off shouting for him to be kicked off the show. Double standards. #LoveIsIand— Cameron Long (@CameronnLongg) June 14, 2019
I’m sorry but if a guy tried to repeatedly kiss a girl the way that Maura just tried to kiss Tommy there would be up roar #LoveIsland— Lorella Palmer (@lorella_palmer) June 14, 2019
As she tried to lean in for a kiss, Tommy kept moving his head from side-to-side so she ended up planting him a smacker on the cheek instead.
This behaviour sparked a furore on Twitter, with people calling out Maura’s unwanted advances, claiming if she was a man she would have been kicked off the show already.
Love Island controversies
Maura’s kiss-gate isn’t the only thing that has left viewers fuming.
Contestant Joe Garrett’s ‘controlling behaviour’ towards the woman he’s coupled up with, Lucie Donlan, also has people up in arms.
Joe told Lucie he thinks it’s time she got to know the girls because he’s not happy with her having friendships with the boys in the villa.
Over 300 complaints also rolled in for how the other contestants were treating Lucie, when she was accused of not spending enough time with the girls.
And last week, axed contestant Sherif Lanre, accused the show of ‘unconscious racism’ after he was kicked out for accidentally kicking a female contestant in the crotch and calling it a ‘c*** punt’.
In an interview with the Sun on Sunday, Sherif said the incident was ‘blown out of proportion’ and he was ‘made to look like a terrible person’.
“I was the only black man in the villa and I was kicked out after ten days,“ he said.
“In my opinion, what happened was unconscious racism.
“There was, I felt, sexism. I feel I wouldn’t have been given that red card if I was a white woman.”
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