Earlier this week, Love Island returned for its summer series, with Maya Jama back in charge as host and the new batch of singletons looking for love. Business development executive George Fensom entered the villa with the aim of finding the girl of his dreams – but it looks like he might have to battle for it. Before the show even premiered, the Bedford-born singleton found himself embroiled in controversy over old tweets that used homophobic slurs.
George has since apologised and has promised to be more careful in the future, but this doesn’t change the fact that the tweets are incredibly offensive to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The tweets in question were written by George in 2014, when he would have been around 15 years old.
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Despite the apologies, some fans are calling for him to be removed from the show immediately. One Twitter user pointed out that George has a lot of sway in the villa and is able to influence the decisions of others, meaning his views are causing a negative impact. Another fan claimed that his comments were ‘unacceptable and hateful’, while another said they had been disappointed by the decision to include him on the show.
As a result, many people are now calling for him to be evicted from the villa before he can cause any more damage. A petition on Change.org has already been signed by more than 17,000 people in support of this call. Meanwhile, women’s charity Women’s Aid has written to the ITV production team, urging them to investigate the allegations and take action.
In a statement, Women’s Aid described the situation as ‘absolutely unacceptable’, adding that it ‘deserves a swift and thorough investigation’. The letter also noted that the producers are well aware of the fact that they have a responsibility to ensure all contestants are safe in the villa.
George is 24 years old and from Bedford in England. He works as a business development executive and is a self-confessed ‘purveyor of dad jokes’. He has an enviable physique and is well known for his quick wit and banter. He also has a keen sense of fashion and often posts photos of his tanned ankles on Instagram.
He can be followed on Instagram at georgefensom but his profile will remain dormant while he is in the villa, in line with ITV’s duty of care rules for the show. He will return to social media after the show ends. This year’s summer series of Love Island airs on Monday 5 June at 9pm on ITV2. Follow our live feed to keep up with all the action from the villa. The show then continues every Sunday to Friday, with a highlight show on Saturday. You can watch all the episodes online on ITV’s catch-up service iPlayer. The show is also available to stream on the ITV app.