Siannise entered the Love Island villa last night alongside 11 other contestants, as the new and first ever winter series of the ITV reality show made kicked off. It wasn’t long before the singletons were coupled up and a launch show bombshell was dropped just moments before the credits rolled. Although no problems have arisen within the South African mansion just yet, it seems viewers aren’t too happy with the Bristol beauty consultant after she was partnered with builder Nas.
It wasn’t the coupling Siannise has hoped for, but after host Laura Whitmore, 34, had overseen all the immediate entrances, she began to warm to the sports science graduate.
The pair were having a conversation over the beauty consultant’s love for Disney films, when she compared Nas to Aladdin.
There was no malice in the comments and her partner, who is of Caribbean and Asian heritage, took no offence to the reference, however on social media, viewers weren’t happy at all.
After several comments alluded to the remarks being racist, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received nearly a number of complaints from fans.
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According to latest figures, 36 complaints were made regarding the instance in question, although the official number from the show itself stood at 272.
Landowner Ollie Williams brought in the most amount of backlash from fans after it emerged he had participated in game hunting prior to his appearance on the show.
An Ofcom spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.
Some of the comments regarding the Aladdin reference on Twitter included one from a viewer who wrote: “This Aladdin thing is rubbing me the wrong way #loveisland.”
We are assessing the complaints
An Ofcom spokesperson
Another voiced their outrage by posting: “They need to stop this Aladdin stuff you know #LoveIsland.”
A third remarked: “I got a feeling people are gonna be complaining to ofcom about the aladdin comments #loveisland.”
Ollie’s inclusion in the reality contest also provoked a backlash from viewers online, however, a source close to him has defended the contestant.
According to reports from The Sun, the source said: “It is categorically untrue to suggest Ollie is involved in hunting for sport.”
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“Ollie is a passionate conservationist and worked with an anti-poaching unit in Mozambique,” they continued.
“Conservation is crucial to the survival of animals and as part of that work Ollie was involved in the culling of sick animals who were a threat to the health of the herd.
“There is a very big and important difference between trophy hunting and the conversation work Ollie has previously been involved in.
“At no point has Ollie organised or booked anybody to go to Africa to shoot game.”
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With regards to the support for each contestant, it seems Ollie is lacking according to latest odds from Ladbrokes.
The landowner is currently at the bottom of the Top Boy’s list as his chances of winning currently stand at 10/1.
These are on par with Nas, with his partner Siannise also not faring too well as she stands at 8/1 to claim victory.
Leading the way are Shuaghna Phillip and Sophie Piper at 3/1 for the girls and Callum Jones at 2/1 for the boys.
Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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