Hundreds of angry Love Island viewers complained to Ofcom in regards to complaining about the new series.
The fifth series of Love Island kicked off on Monday 3 June and now in its third week, it’s caused quite a stir.
The villa is proving to be a controversial one this year having prompted 794 complaints to the watchdog so far.
What have Love Island viewers complained about?
Ofcom as confirmed the hundreds of complaints it as had centred around two main issues; Maura Higgins’ advances towards Tommy Fury and the treatment of Lucie Donlan.
Viewers watched as new Islander Maura – who made no secret of her attraction toward Tommy – climbed on the boxer and attempted to kiss him.
Tommy turned his head and refused to kiss her with Maura’s actions prompting 486 complaints.
The behaviour of the contestants towards Lucie has spurred 302 protestations.
Lucie has faced accusations from Islanders of being distant and unwilling to hang out with the other girls.
Her partner Joe Garratt also appears to have a problem with her friendship with Tommy and many fans are accusing him of controlling behaviour.
Is this the first time viewers have complained about Love Island?
Thousands of Love Island fans sent complaints in last season over the treatment of contestants Dani Dyer and Rosie Williams.
Despite receiving over 2,500 complaints regarding Dani and dozens regarding Rosie, Ofcom decided not to investigate either.
Viewers’ complaints related to the moment Dani learned her partner Jack Fincham’s ex-girlfriend had been brought into the villa.
Ofcom had said while it ‘understood’ Dani’s distress was upsetting to fans and viewers were ‘likely to expect emotionally charged scenes’ as part of the show’s premise.
What does Ofcom do after receiving a complaint?
Ofcom will assess each and every complaint carefully and see if there has been a breach of its rules.
Following the investigation, it will publish the results on its Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin. This happens every two weeks.
The report will state whether or not the subject of complaints had been found to breach the rules.
If a broadcaster is found to have broken the regulations it will be noted on its compliance record. If the broadcaster goes on to be a repeat offender or has breached rules in a serious way, Ofcom has legal powers to impose sanctions.
The sanctions include a substantial fine and taking away the channel’s licence to broadcast.