Bbc world| Love Island: Ofcom won't respond to allegations of misogyny

Thousands of complaints regarding alleged misogynistic behavior on this summer's Love Island led Ofcom to decide against taking any action.

Regarding the eighth series of the ITV2 dating behaviorprogrambehavior, the regulator received close to 7,500 complaints.

spectators and altruism Women's Aid called attention to problems including bullying and coercive control.

However, Ofcom stated that the complaints will not be investigated because the bad behavior "was not presented in a good perspective."

The show's conclusion was viewed by around 3.4 million people, although concerns about how the candidates were treated persisted throughout its entire duration.

The majority, 3,600 in one week, followed the regular Casa Amor segment, which places islanders in separate villas with "bombshells" entrusted with seducing them away from their committed relationships.

Most of the criticism was directed at contestant Luca, who claimed that his partner Gemma had been "flirting" with Casa Amor bombshell Billy. At the time, his family stood up for him, and he later claimed that he had made an off-camera apology for his actions.

'Carefully assessing complaints'

After "seriously reviewing complaints about this series on several grounds, including alleged misogynistic and bullying behavior," Ofcom stated that it had chosen not to take any further action.

Despite acknowledging that "emotionally charged or contentious moments can shock some viewers," the broadcast watchdog claimed that the "bad behavior in the villa was not depicted positively."

It claimed that because of the reality show's well-established format, viewers could "expect to experience the highs and lows" as relationships between couples were put to the test.

What were some of the complaints about?

Throughout the summer's Love Island viewing, Ofcom received 7,482 complaints, the majority of which were:

After being mentioned in multiple social media posts, the domestic violence organization Women's Aid previously spoke to BBC Newsbeat about the show's "misogynistic and domineering behavior."

While we respect Ofcom's judgment, this season of Love Island has demonstrated an increasing public awareness of and intolerance for intimate partner abuse, according to Teresa Parker, head of media relations and communications at Women's Aid.

The social media protests and allegations about abusive behavior on Love Island have been closely monitored by Women's Aid.

The chauvinism and casual sexism seen in this series, according to Refuge, a different domestic abuse organization, "is alarming."

Tracy Blackwell, director of strategic insights and partnerships at Refuge, expressed worry that Ofcom had decided not to take further action in response to the thousands of complaints received on a variety of disturbing behaviors shown in this year's series of Love Island.

"Ofcom's answer that the show has a well-established formula and viewers would "expect to witness contestants'behavior highs and lows" seems to brush over the reality that controlling and misogynistic behavior was shown throughout several episodes this summer and seemed to become normalized," she said.

ITV stated at the time that it was "constantly looking at how we enhance and evolve" the pre-villain training it offers contestants.

ITV has been contacted by BBC Newsbeat for comment on Ofcom's announcement.

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