Love Island has been hit by more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints following the bombing of Danny Bibby’s villa entrance last week.
The 25-year-old Manchester plumber has been the series’ most controversial contestant to date, with viewers calling for him to be removed from the show after a historic Instagram comment featuring him using racist comments was unearthed.
And now Danny’s father Richard has quit Instagram after 1,081 viewers complained to Ofcom about the July 15 episode of the islander entering the villa.
Love Island has been hit with more than 1,500 Ofcom complaints after Danny Bibby’s villa entrance bomb last week last week
The plumber made his debut on Thursday night’s show like a bomb, but shortly after the episode aired, fans dived into his Instagram and took the comment out of 2019.
Danny apologized for his actions from the villa, saying he “didn’t mean to be offensive” and “learned from his mistakes.”
Three days later, the show sparked 426 complaints after they played Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song N****s In Paris at the start of the episode after ignoring viewers’ calls to remove Danny.
Several viewers shared their surprise at the music choice on Twitter, some saying it was “disrespectful” and others left in shock.
Response: The 25-year-old plumber has been the most controversial contestant on this series to date, with viewers calling for him to be removed from the show after a racist comment was unearthed
A viewer fan: ‘How ironic that @LoveIsland chose to use the song ‘N****s in Paris’ for that Danny Boys intro which was a massive disrespect to all of us! Just wow.’
While another wrote: ‘Still can’t believe Love Island kicked off an episode with N****s in Paris last night.’
And someone else tweeted: ‘love island really started with n****s in paris as background music… the daring.’
Danny is also under fire for his reaction when Aaron tried to kiss Lucinda in front of him.
Viewers were concerned that he showed several red flags after impersonating the blonde bombshell and the seriousness with which he confronted her for “robbing” him after only a day in the villa.
The plumber could be seen in the background looking shocked and quickly pulled Aaron aside – after calling him a “snake.”
Shockingly, the comment in question, written 85 weeks ago, sees an Instagram account that Danny appears to be responding to a fellow Twitter user, greeting him with, “Champ.” In response, the tattooed hunk’s account replies: “My n****”
Not acceptable: Another message dated November 26, 2019 was also circulated using the same offensive term in the account
He said to him, ‘Boy, it’s my first night, yes. I just got back in a relationship with her, and then you’re going to try to admit this to her.
“You look like a mug and she’s gone and robbed you in front of everyone.
‘Don’t you feel like an idiot? Don’t you think I deserve a little respect?’
Richard had created an Instagram page to support Danny during his time at the villa with the handle @dannybibbysdad but has since made it private after being inundated with hate messages.
He wrote in his last post: ‘The fuse has blown. Too much hassle this. It would be a bit of fun, but… bye.’
Uncomfortable! Danny has also come under fire for how he reacted when Aaron tried to kiss Lucinda in front of him
Danny’s father had previously jumped in his son’s defense and apologized on his behalf after the historic racist slur was unearthed.
Richard said at the time: “Danny doesn’t have a racist bone in his body and there was no racist intent with this post. I offer my sincere apologies on his behalf for the offense this wording may have caused.”
The comment in question, written 85 weeks ago when Danny was 23, sees an Instagram account that Danny appears to be responding to a fellow Twitter user, greeting him with, “Champ.”
In response, the tattooed hunk’s account replied, “My n****.”
Oops! Moments after the new couples were announced, Aaron made his move in front of new boy Danny, causing Lucinda Aaron to dodge completely, leaving Danny smoking.
Shock: Three days later, the show sparked 426 complaints after playing Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song N****s in Paris at the beginning of the episode
In response to the uncovered comment, viewers assumed the comment was sent by Danny and made their feelings abundantly clear, with one writing: “We demand that racist islander Danny be taken off the show immediately.”
While another shared: ‘Danny is basically a racist who used the n-word on Instagram before. @itvstudios @LoveIsland I take it you’re going to do something about this?’
‘Sorry but new boy Danny is racist and they make our Queen KAZ GO ON A DATE WITH HIMMMMM???? Sorry but throw the casting crew and directors in the trash,” a third tweeted.
This isn’t the only time Love Island has been caught up in a racism storm.
In the winter series of 2020, the show received 272 complaints in the first episode after Siânnise Fudge compared her partner Nas Majeed – the only Asian contestant – to Aladdin.
Other fans of the show were outraged at the inclusion of big game hunter Ollie Williams in the lineup.
Love Island continued on ITV2 at 9pm.
Cruel: Danny’s dad had created an Instagram page with the handle @dannybibbysdad while staying at the villa, but has since made it private after being inundated with hate messages