Love Island 2021: Fans left in shock as song N****s In Paris is used amid racism furore

Love Island viewers were left in shock after Kanye West and Jay Z’s song N****s In Paris was used in the opening to Sunday’s episode.

The show aired after Islander Danny Bibby, 25, apologised on Friday for using the N-word in a historic Instagram post amid calls for him to be dumped from the villa.

During the re-cap at the start of the show, the track featured as the music while clips of new bombshells AJ and Danny chatting to the other stars were played.

Unexpected: Love Island viewers have shared their shock after Kanye West and Jay Z’s song N****s In Paris was used in the opening to Sunday’s Love Island (pictured Danny Bibby, 25)

Several viewers shared their amazement over the music choice on Twitter, with some saying that it was a ‘disrespectful’ and others being left in shock. 

One viewer fan: ‘How ironic that @LoveIsland choose to use the song ‘N****s in Paris’ for that Danny boys intro that was a massive disrespect to all of us! Just wow.’

While another wrote: ‘I still can’t believe Love Island started last nights episode with N****s in Paris.’

And someone else tweeted: ‘love island really started off with n****s in paris as background music… the audacity.’

Timing: The show aired after Islander Danny (pictured) apologised on Friday for using the N-word in a historic Instagram post amid calls for him to be dumped from the villa

Timing: The show aired after Islander Danny (pictured) apologised on Friday for using the N-word in a historic Instagram post amid calls for him to be dumped from the villa

‘Did they really need to play n****s in Paris tho ?! *Calls ofcom* #LoveIsland,’ added a fourth viewer.

The audacity to play n****s in Paris after letting Danny stay #LoveIsland’

MailOnline has contacted Love Island’s representatives for further comment. 

Fans discovered a historic Instagram comment posted by Danny, which was made in 2019, shortly after the plumber was announced as a bombshell on Thursday, sparking an outcry to remove him from the hit ITV2 reality show. 

Reaction: Several viewers shared their amazement over the music choice on Twitter, with some saying that it was a 'disrespectful' and others being left in shock at the decision

Reaction: Several viewers shared their amazement over the music choice on Twitter, with some saying that it was a ‘disrespectful’ and others being left in shock at the decision 

Ahead of the Friday’s show airing, Danny apologised for using the N-word on social media, saying he ‘meant no offence’ and has ‘learnt from his mistakes’.

Speaking from the villa, the plumber from Wigan wrote in a statement that he’s ‘not a racist person’ and hopes viewers will now get to see the ‘kind, loving’ person he is. 

When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for Love Island said: ‘Earlier today we raised our concerns with Danny regarding a historic social media post. He wishes to make the below statement:

In the villa: Danny (pictured) was a major feature in Sunday's episode after he coupled up with Lucinda and found himself entangled in a love triangle with Aaron

In the villa: Danny (pictured) was a major feature in Sunday’s episode after he coupled up with Lucinda and found himself entangled in a love triangle with Aaron

‘I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark. 

‘I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it is unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. 

‘I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.’ 

Danny’s full statement

‘I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.

‘I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it is unacceptable language and ignorant.

‘I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. 

‘I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.’

It came after Danny’s dad Richard also apologised on his behalf, saying: ‘Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post. 

‘I absolutely apologise on his behalf for the offence this wording may have caused.’

Last week’s apologies came amid growing outcry from fans to eject Danny from the villa although ITV2 bosses are yet to announce a decision.  

Richard’s full statement reads: ‘Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post…

‘Although it was not done maliciously, it was a mistake. 

‘I absolutely apologise on his behalf for the offence this wording may have caused. That would never have been his intention.’

After Danny’s show debut, dozens of fans shared their outrage on Twitter as an Instagram message from 2019 began circulating allegedly written by Danny in which he appeared to use an offensive racial slur causing viewers to call for his exit.

The comment in question, written 85 weeks ago when Danny was 23, sees an Instagram account which appears to be Danny’s responding to a fellow Twitter user, who greets him with: ‘Champ’.

In response, the tattooed hunk’s account replies: ‘My n****’. 

Another message, dated 26th November 2019, has also been circulated, in which the account uses the same offensive term.  

Shocking: The comment in question, written 85 weeks ago, sees an Instagram account which appears to be Danny's responding to a fellow Twitter user, who greets him with: 'Champ'. In response, the tattooed hunk's account replies: 'My n****'

Shocking: The comment in question, written 85 weeks ago, sees an Instagram account which appears to be Danny’s responding to a fellow Twitter user, who greets him with: ‘Champ’. In response, the tattooed hunk’s account replies: ‘My n****’

Not acceptable: Another message, dated 26th November 2019, has also been circulated, in which the account uses the same offensive term

Not acceptable: Another message, dated 26th November 2019, has also been circulated, in which the account uses the same offensive term

Reacting to the uncovered comment, viewers assumed the comment was sent by Danny and made their feelings abundantly clear, with one writing: ‘We demand that the racist islander Danny is taken off the show immediately.’     

This isn’t the only time Love Island has been caught up in a racism storm.

In the 2020 winter series, the show was hit with 272 complaints in the first episode after over Siânnise Fudge compared her partner Nas Majeed – the only Asian contestant – to Aladdin.

Unimpressed: Speaking with Aaron, after he tried to kiss Lucinda, Danny told him: 'Lad, it's my first night, yeah. I've just recoupled with her, and then you go and try and slap this on her'

Unimpressed: Speaking with Aaron, after he tried to kiss Lucinda, Danny told him: ‘Lad, it’s my first night, yeah. I’ve just recoupled with her, and then you go and try and slap this on her’

Catching the eye: Lucinda caught the eye of Aaron - but swerved his attempt to have a kiss on the beanbags - after she recoupled with Danny

Catching the eye: Lucinda caught the eye of Aaron – but swerved his attempt to have a kiss on the beanbags – after she recoupled with Danny

Other fans of the show were left outraged because of the inclusion of big game hunter Ollie Williams in the line up. 

A spokesperson for OfCom told MailOnline at the time: ‘We received 272 complaints in total about last night’s Love Island. 231 are Ollie being a contestant. 36 of these are about Nas being referred to as Aladdin.

‘We will assess these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’ 

Love Island continues on ITV2 on Monday. 

LOVE ISLAND 2021: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

Sharon Gaffka

 Sharon Gaffka

Name: Sharon Gaffka

Age: 25

Location: Oxford

Occupation: Civil Servant – Operations Lead for Department of Transport

Who is their type on paper? ‘I tend to date someone who is taller than me, even though my last long-term partner, he was actually someone who was shorter than me. 

‘I’m quite an intellectual person so I want someone who can kind of match that.’

Aaron Francis

 Aaron Francis

Name: Aaron Francis

Age: 24

Location: London

Occupation: Luxury Events Host

Who is their type on paper? ‘I need someone that is passionate about what they are doing – from scientist to anything – you can tell when someone is speaking about something and they are actually smiling while they are talking. I love that. 

‘I don’t like when people are doing a job just to make money and then they kind of just live for the weekend. Especially because I work on the weekends.’

Liberty Poole

 Liberty Poole

Name: Liberty Poole

Age: 21

Location: Birmingham

Occupation: Nando’s Waitress and Marketing Student

Who is their type on paper? ‘So I like tall, alpha male, confident, a cheeky chappy sort of guy. 

‘But obviously that’s always usually combined with player types, which is where I go wrong. So I am trying to change my ways and go for more of a nicer guy that is going to treat me right.’ 

 

Hugo Hammond

 Hugo Hammond

Name: Hugo Hammond

Age: 24

Location: Hampshire

Occupation: PE Teacher

Who is their type on paper? ‘I’ve been single for a while now. With the current climate, it’s been really hard to get back into dating. 

‘I saw it as an opportunity to have an amazing fun summer and put myself back out there.’

 

Liam Reardon

Liam Reardon 

Name: Liam Reardon

Age: 21

Location: Wales

Occupation: Bricklayer

Are you competitive? ‘I am competitive to a certain extent. I’m not over the top. It’s always nice being a winner. If I’m in competition for a female, I want to try my best, but I won’t go too far out of my way. If she liked you that much she wouldn’t have to make a choice.’

Jake Cornish

Jake Cornish

 Name: Jake Cornish

Age: 24

Location: Weston-super-Mare

Occupation: Water Engineer

Who is their type on paper? ‘Looks wise, always gone for blondes. But for me, the main thing is having respect and having good fun, and someone who will be loyal to you…

‘I’ve had messages from girls that have got boyfriends and husbands. This is why I don’t trust anyone. Someone who is loyal really. But when I’m single, I like having a good time!’

Kaz Kamwi

Kaz Kamwi

Name: Kaz Kamwi

Age: 26

Location: Essex

Occupation: Fashion Blogger

Who is their type on paper? ‘I like meeting new people, I’m ready to be in a relationship. Why not be in a place where people are looking for the same things as me?’ 

Chloe Burrows

Chloe Burrows

Name: Chloe Burrows

Age: 25

Location: Bicester

Occupation: Financial Services Marketing Executive

Who is their type on paper? ‘I like a good build. I go to the gym. I want someone who is funny. Really funny and caring and will do nice little things for you. 

‘And then obviously someone who you can depend on to not ditch you. Because I am quite a big character and quite loud, they would have to be as loud, if not more. 

‘I could never be with someone who is quiet. Someone that gives you a bit back’

Faye Winter

Faye Winter

Name: Faye Winter

Age: 26

Location: Devon

Occupation: Letting Manager  

What is her type on paper? ‘Someone that will put me in my place. Someone that makes me laugh. But also someone that takes my banter. I’m like a five-year-old in a playground, if I like you, I will make a mockery of you and laugh and joke. That is my really terrible flirting skills. I need someone who can take that.’ 

Rachel Finni

Rachel Finni

Name: Rachel Finni

Age: 29 

Location: London

Occupation: Luxury travel specialist 

Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve scraped the bottom of the dirtiest barrels, that’s how I describe my dating life. So I thought “why not? Let’s apply. If it happens, it happens”.’

  

Lucinda Strafford

Lucinda Strafford

Name: Lucinda Strafford

Age: 21

Location: Brighton

Occupation: Online fashion boutique owner

Which boy do you have your eye on? I really fancy Brad. And then possibly Liam. But obviously I’m open to getting to know any of the other boys. 

 Name: AJ (Andrea-Jane) Bunker

Age: 28

Location: Hertfordshire

Occupation: Hair extension technician 

Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I’ve had the worst luck with men. I feel like this is the one thing I haven’t tried. I thought why not? Let’s give it a go.’

Brad McClelland

Brad McClelland

Name: Brad McClelland

Age: 26

Location: Northumberland

Occupation: Labourer

Who is their type on paper? Sommer Ray from Instagram. Zara McDermott, she’s a good-looking lass. Or Megan Fox.

Toby Aromolaran

Toby Aromolaran 

Name: Toby Aromolaran

Age: 22

Location: Essex

Occupation: Semi-pro footballer

How would he describe himself? ‘Optimistic. I always see the bright side in the worst situations. I’m a fun guy when I go on a night out. Responsible guy as well.’

 

 

  

 

Chuggs Wallis

Chuggs Wallis

Name: Chuggs Wallis

Age: 23

Location: Surrey

Occupation: Hat entrepreneur

Why did you sign up for Love Island? ‘I just feel like it’s now or never. I’m only 23 but I’m scared of aging. Especially as half of my last year of uni was taken away and we had so many fun plans. With Covid and the pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed a year of my youth, so I’m really gagging to get it all back – make the most of it.’

Millie Court

Millie Court

Name: Millie Court

Age: 24

Location: Essex

Occupation: Fashion buyer’s administrator

Why did you sign up for Love Island? I’ve been single for over a year now. I’m ready to find ‘The One’. I’m a very spontaneous and adventurous person. I’m always up for doing something new and challenging myself. I’ve never done anything like this before. I just want to throw myself into it and have fun with it’

Teddy Soares

Teddy Soares

Name: Teddy Soares

Age: 26

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Senior financial consultant

What girl do you have your eye on? I want to get to know all of the girls. I’m not afraid to step on toes to get the girl I want.

 

 

 

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