A timely reminder.
Former Love Island contestant Dr Alex George has said that he is “shocked and appalled” over the death threats and online hate directed at this year’s contestants.
In a post on Instagram, Alex spoke about the devastating impact online hate can have, and urged fans to think before they type.
He wrote: “I am shocked and appalled at what we have witnessed online over the last few days. I am saddened to see how much negativity and hate there has been online during this series of Love Island.
“Hard to comprehend that people are sending death threats and encouraging contestants to ‘kill themselves’ just because they don’t like what they are seeing on screen.”
He continued: “As someone who has lost a brother to suicide, I find this truly sickening.
“Have we learnt nothing since the passing of our beloved Caroline Flack? There is no justification for online bullying and abuse. Before you send hateful vitriol, have a little think, what if that was your brother or sister receiving that. What if that was your child on the end of that hate?
“THINK before you type. Be kind. Always.”
In his caption, Alex said that as youth mental health ambassador, he is “currently working on an anti-bullying campaign”.
Last night, Love Island issued a statement urging fans to do better, after former contestant Chloe received death threats.
They wrote: “We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all our cast and their friends and family members.
“Last night’s episode created strong reactions but some viewers’ posts were wholly unacceptable. 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.”
If you have been affected by any of the details of this story, you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123.