Sherif Lanre speaks out on Love Island’s ‘systemic racism’ after show axe

He was removed from the villa just days into the 2019 series

Love Island's Sherif Lanre

by Nathan Katnoria |

Former Love Island star Sherif Lanre has opened up about facing “systemic racism” on the show following his appearance in the 2019 series.

Sherif entered the villa as one of the original boys on day one but was axed from the show just days later in mysterious circumstances after breaking the rules. ITV chose not to reveal what rule is what that Sherif broke.

It was later revealed that he accidentally kicked fellow Islander Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and called it a 'c-nt punch'.

After Amber Gill shared a photo of her at a Black Lives Matter protest in London, Sherif showed his support by commenting with a heart but he was soon called out by one of her followers for his past comments.

“Why were you saying Love Island is racist but you still went on the show? Sour about being thrown off,” they wrote.

Sherif responded, “Just because I got thrown off the show doesn’t mean that I can’t use my voice to speak about systemic racism which was evident to me after coming off..”

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This comes after Sherif criticised Love Island’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month.

The 20-year-old reposted the show’s statement on his Instagram story and wrote, “@ITV2 @LoveIsland is everything alright at home?

“Y’all racist as hell, black people have only ever been fashion to you and the only reason you’ve even included us on the last two seasons is to fill a ‘quota’ to look politically correct.”

ITV have been contacted for comment.

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In other Love Island news, 2020 Islander Connor Durman has apologised for sending racist text messages to an ex-girlfriend after they were leaked earlier this year.

After allegedly calling his ex, Stevie-Leigh Pich, a “s--g” and a “s--t” for sleeping with black men and denouncing her actions as “rank” and “grim”, Connor released a statement and video to his Instagram account, stating his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The former coffee bean salesman started by saying that his time in lockdown and the rapid growth of the BLM movement had given him “time to reflect on [his] past and comments made during a heated conversation”.

He then went on to apologise for his “inappropriate and racist remarks written in the message” explaining that he “completely failed to think about [his] words and ended up saying something hurtful and insensitive when [he] was in an angry and emotional state of mind”.

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