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Complaints against Love Island will not be upheld by broadcasting watchdog

Ofcom has issued a statement.

THE FOURTH SEASON of Love Island debuted on June 4 this year, and there’s no denying that viewers have been hugely invested in the storylines which have played out in the Spanish villa over the course of the last six weeks.

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Indeed, two specific incidents in this season’s reality TV show generated thousands of complaints from members of the public, and were ultimately brought to the attention of broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

The first involved Adam Collard’s treatment of Rosie Williams – an incident which also provoked a response from a domestic abuse charity. The second involved a decision to show Dani Dyer footage of her boyfriend, Jack Fincham, in another villa.

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The incidents resulted in thousands of viewer complaints, however, it has been confirmed that the complaints will not be upheld, with Ofcom stating that viewers are to expect emotionally-charged scenes in reality shows of this nature.

Issuing a statement in light of the decision not to uphold the complaints relating to Dani’s storyline, a spokesperson said:

We carefully considered viewers’ concerns about the wellbeing of a female contestant on this established reality programme.
While we understand her distress made for upsetting viewing, we consider that viewers are likely to expect emotionally charged scenes that have been engineered to test contestants’ relationships.

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Of the complaints made against the scene involving Adam and Rosie, the spokesperson said:

We carefully considered viewers’ concerns about the treatment of a female contestant by a male contestant on this established reality programme.
While we appreciate this made for uncomfortable viewing for some people, we consider that viewers are likely to expect emotionally charged, confrontational scenes involving couples breaking up. Other contestants also expressed general disapproval in response to the male contestant’s behaviour. We did not, therefore pursue these complaints.

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