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Lewis Capaldi’s Love Island ex condemned for using homophobic slur

Patrick Kelleher January 21, 2020
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Love Island contestant Paige Turley (Instagram)

Lewis Capaldi’s ex-girlfriend and Love Island contestant Paige Turley has come under fire for using a homophobic slur in a social media post.

Turley shared a video on Instagram stories last June of herself and her brother Marc holidaying in Dubai. She recorded a video of her brother and captioned it: “Uuuuuft who’s that big Harry hoofter on the cocktails??”

The phrase “Harry hoofter” is a homophobic term to describe gay men. Turley also included a pride flag emoji in the post.

Love Island contestant Paige Turley has come under fire from fans over use of homophobic slur.

Since eagle-eyed Love Island fans unearthed the video, many have questioned why 22-year-old Turley is allowed to compete on the show while there are homophobic slurs on her Instagram account.

“Strange Paige Turley is being allowed on Love Island when she has homophobic stories on her highlights on insta. Any explanation for this?” one Twitter user wrote.

Myself and others are deeply offended and don’t see why someone this day and age is using this language.

Meanwhile, another fan wrote: “I was looking on her Instagram and came across this video under her travel highlights of her calling someone a ‘Harry hoofter’ accompanied with the pride flag gif – which in my eyes is a homophobic slur,” the Daily Mail reports.

“Myself and others are deeply offended and don’t see why someone this day and age is using this language.”

A friend of Turley’s told the Mail that the Love Island contestant didn’t mean any harm in her comment.

A friend defended the comment as a ‘silly joke’.

“This was a silly joke between brother and sister and Paige would be mortified to hear she has in anyway offended anyone.”

Queer fans of the popular ITV show have been clamouring for a queer spin-off for years – but as yet no such luxury has been granted.

The show came under fire from some LGBT+ people last week after it featured a “Spill the Tea” challenge – with many claiming it was appropriating queer culture.

Love Island has consistently shied away from any kind of LGBT+ representation, but queer fans were heartened last year to see the Australian edition of the show feature a same-sex coupling.

 

More: homophobic slur, lewis capaldi, love island, Paige Turley

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