We’re not even a week in to Love Island 2021 and sadly the trolling of Islanders has already got to the point where an official statement has been made. Bombshell Chloe Burrows’ family and friends—who are running her socials while she’s in the villa—took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal that they had been overwhelmed with vile death threats to Chloe in their DMs.
Love Island: ‘Think before posting’
A post published on the officialLove IslandInstagram on Thursday read:
We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all of our cast and their friends and family members. Last night's episode created strong reactions but some viewers' posts were wholly unacceptable.
The message, which has received over 200,000 likes, continued:
We take these matters extremely seriously and will support cast members and their families in reporting such posts. We would once again urge all of our viewers to think before posting, and remember that our Islanders are people with feelings.
Responses to Love Island’s post
However, the post received mixed responses from both fans and former Islanders, with many accusing producers of putting Islanders’ mental health at risk by stirring up drama. Former Islanders Niall Aslam and Jordan Adefeysian, who both appeared on Love Island series 4 in 2018, were among those to criticise the show in the comments section.
Meanwhile Priscilla Anyabu—who appeared on Winter Love Island in 2020—commented praising Love Island’s ‘amazing support & aftercare for its contestants & their family’. Fellow ex-Islanders George Day and Idris Virgo also posted supportive comments beneath the post.