Who is Danny Bibby?
Danny Bibby, 25, is the newest Islander to enter the villa.
The 25-year-old from Wigan is a plumber and the owner of a clothing brand, which he set up with a friend during lockdown. He’s covered in tattoos, some of which he said are inspirational quotes, and also include his “lucky number” 13.
Danny Bibby describes himself as an “alpha male”, as well as “a good laugh” and “quick with the chat”.
He said: “The guys need an alpha male and I feel like that’s me. The girls have Faye who says it how it is but the lads are all like little sheep. There is no way I would have sat back and let Hugo cry.”
Love Island Danny Bibby Racism Scandal
Danny Bibby’s arrival in the villa sparked controversy on the outside, as social media users found an old post of his in which he used a racial slur, leading to calls for him to be axed from the show.
Social media users found a comment on a post on Danny’s Instagram profile from 2019, in which he used the n-word in response to a comment from a friend.
Danny Bibby has since issued a statement from inside the villa, which said: “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark.
“I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all. I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again.
“I am a kind loving person and hopefully you get to see that in the show.”
Danny’s father Richard came to his defence and issued a statement in response to the backlash, saying his son made a “mistake”.
“Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post,” his father has said. “I absolutely apologise on his behalf for the offence this wording may have caused. That would never have been his intention.”
What have ITV, Danny, and Danny’s family said?
ITV told Bustle UK that its team had “raised our concerns with Danny regarding a historic social media post” on July 16. They released a statement on Bibby’s behalf. “I’d like to take the time to apologise to anyone that may have taken offence to my inappropriate remark. I never meant anything malicious by this comment at all,” the contestants said said.
Danny Bibby continued, “I am not a racist person and it’s unacceptable language and ignorant. I meant no offence and feel like I have really learnt from my mistakes and will never use that word again. I am a kind loving person and hopefully, you get to see that in the show.”
According to a report published in the Sun, the researchers who work on Love Island comb through potential islanders social media posts and pages. The publication explained that the show looks for any comments, tweets, or posts that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or bullying in nature. Islanders are also vetted for criminal records, according to the Sun. The fact that Danny’s use of a racist slur has slipped through the net has led some to question whether Love Island’s processes are rigorous enough.
Danny Bibby’s father, Richard has also published a statement in reference to his son’s use of racist slurs. “Danny does not have a racist bone in his body and there were no racist intentions to this post. Although it was not done maliciously, it was a mistake,” he said, “I absolutely apologise on his behalf for the offence this wording may have caused. That would never have been his intention.”
How Viewers Have Reacted?
Many Love Island viewers were left outraged and disgusted by Danny Bibby use of the N-word on social media and the fact that he was then allowed to continue his time in the villa. Some have urged ITV to remove him from the show.
Tyla social media editor Tobí Akingbadé wrote on Twitter, “Extremely uncomfortable watching Danny interact with Aaron like that knowing what we know on the outside. I want to vomit.” A viewer called Lotti G asked, “what I want to know is why Danny hasn’t been kicked out yet for openly saying the N-word on this insta?”
Others expressed concern that the other islanders had not been made aware of the situation unfolding outside of the villa and why Bibby was releasing a statement. “So you know how they let Danny apologise from inside the villa… do the other islanders know what he did?? Has he addressed anything?” wrote Metro editor Ellen C Scott.
BBC correspondent Megha Mohan agreed, “This is really important. Because if there is someone in the #LoveIsland villa has said the N-word and the Black contestants haven’t been told, that is an astonishing lack of duty of care from a production outfit that publicly said they will commit to doing better.”
Former Love Island contestant Sherif Lanre has accused ITV of “double standards” when it comes to its treatment of Black contestants vs white ones. Lanre appeared in the 2019 villa and ITV stated that he had agreed he should leave the show after he accidentally kicked Molly-Mae Hague in the groin and joked that it was “a c*** punt.” Hague later told Digital Spy and other press that she had “no beef with Sherif” adding that she “love[d] the boy to pieces.”
Lanre told the Sun, “A white guy has been allowed to apologise from inside the villa for using the N-word and carry on filming, whereas I was removed for play fighting and doing something by accident. The N-word shouldn’t be used and this contestant should be removed from the house like I was, especially after the England football team were racially abused… ITV need to set an example.”
Who is Danny up with in Love Island?
Danny chose to couple up with Lucinda at the latest recoupling, as seen in Sunday night’s episode.
The recoupling was followed by a tense moment after Aaron, who had also been interested in getting to know Lucinda, tried to kiss her in front of Danny.
Danny later confronted Aaron about his actions, telling him: “I deserve some respect.”
Danny had previously been on a date with both Kaz and Sharon – but he did not choose either of them to couple up with.
Prior to going into the house, Danny said: “Lucinda is my type – nice eyes and tanned. Sharon is nice. I like Kaz’s vibe. Kaz is bubbly like me so I think we’d get on like a house on fire. I think me and Kaz will vibe.”
Kaz was chosen by Aaron to be in a friendship couple, while Sharon was not chosen and became the latest person to leave the villa.