‘Love Island’ receives more than 781 complaints in four weeks

Some people have no love for this season of ‘Love Island’.

The British reality show has received more than 781 complaints since its June 6 premiere, according to Variety.

“So far we have received a total of 781 complaints about the current season of ‘Love Island’,” a spokesperson for Ofcom, a UK media regulator, told the outlet on Tuesday.

Viewers have specifically expressed concerns about “bullying on the show, the well-being and mental health of contestants, certain contestants getting more screen time than others, and the age difference between the dating show contestants,” the outlet reports.

Fans seem particularly alarmed by Gemma Owen’s ample screen time, with many viewers even dubbing season 8 “The Gemma Show.”

The 19-year-old daughter of former England football star Michael Owen caused a social media storm after dating Davide Sanclimenti, a man eight years her senior at the start of the season.

Gemma Owen poses for a promo shot for "Love Island" Season 8
Gemma Owen, 19, has had plenty of screen time in season 8 of the British reality show.

“ewww I’m sorry but why does davide want to be matched with a 19 year old as a 27 year old,” one viewer wrote on Twitter last month.

Another added: “Keep Gemma away from David. she’s a teenager and he’s almost 30, I’m not here for this.”

Spoiler alert. The pair has since “re-paired” with other contestants. Bypassing a polarizing age difference, Gemma is currently linked to 23-year-old Luca Bish.

Davide Sanclimenti poses for a "Love Island" Season 8 promo shot
Viewers disagreed that Owen was dating 27-year-old Davide Sanclimenti at the start of the season.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time “Love Island” has been hit with an influx of viewer complaints. Per Variety, season 7 drew a record 25,000, many of them over a controversial argument between contestants Faye Winter and Teddy Soares.

The show – which airs six nights a week – has come under scrutiny after the suicide of former contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, as well as host Caroline Flack.

The deaths have sparked conversations about the impact ‘Love Island’ is having on participants’ mental health. In response, ITV – the network on which the series airs – is now offering participants mental health services, among other things.

ITV did not immediately respond to Vidak For Congress’s request for comment.

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