LOVE Island has acquired greater than 1,500 complaints following the inclusion of Danny Bibby as a contestant, after he used a racial slur on social media.
The 25-year-old plumber and clothes model proprietor, from Leigh, reportedly used the n-word in a put up on Instagram in 2019 that has since been deleted.
Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed it had acquired a complete of 1,507 complaints referring to the casting of a contestant within the ITV2 present.
It acquired 1,081 concerning the episode on July 15 throughout which Danny was introduced as coming into the villa and took Kaz Kamwi on a date.
An episode of Love Island on July 18 prompted 426 complaints to Ofcom.
Danny apologised final week in a press release issued through ITV.
It mentioned: “I’d wish to take the time to apologise to anybody that will have taken offence to my inappropriate comment.
“I by no means meant something malicious by this remark in any respect. I’m not a racist individual and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant.
“I meant no offence and really feel like I’ve actually learnt from my errors and can by no means use that phrase once more.
“I’m a form loving individual and hopefully you get to see that within the present.”
His assertion got here after his father Richard defended him, saying there have been “no racist intentions to this put up” and that it had been a “mistake” on his son’s half.
Forward of the return of the collection, ITV revealed obligation of care protocols for contestants, who will likely be supplied a minimal of eight remedy periods on their return residence and can obtain coaching on the affect of social media and “the right way to deal with potential negativity”, in addition to coaching on monetary administration.
Among the many processes detailed for all contributors on Love Island are “complete psychological assist”, “detailed conversations on the affect of participation on the present” and a “proactive aftercare package deal”, ITV mentioned.