Love Island: Kaz's family issue statement after "vulgar racist abuse"
"Please remember to always #BeKind."
Kaz Kamwi's friends and family have issued a statement after being exposed to "vulgar racist abuse."
The Love Island contestant's Instagram account is currently being managed by her friends and family, who have said that they received a torrent of abuse after last night's episode.
"Morning guys, Kaz’s family and friends here," they said. "We understand that a lot of you love watching the show and that people will have differing opinions.
"However this does not excuse the vulgar racist abuse we have been receiving on her account. Please remember to always #BeKind."
The most recent instalment of the show saw Tyler tell Kaz that he still had feelings for her. Kaz responded by saying that there may still be a slight chance for her and Tyler to get back together, before informing Matthew, who she is currently coupled up with.
Matthew pulled Kaz for a chat and expressed his disappointment that she had not come to him first, even though it was Tyler who pulled Kaz for a chat, not the other way round.
This is not the first time that a contestant this year has been subjected to abuse online. In the show's first week, producers were forced to issue a statement urging fans to think before they post after Chloe Burrows' family spoke out about the death threats she received.
"We hate to introduce ourselves under such vile circumstances but we've had enough, after just 3 episodes," they wrote.
"We all have thick skin but the amount of trolling Chloe has been receiving is absolutely disgusting. This morning we woke up to yet another DM (see next story), encouraging Chloe to kill herself - there have been HUNDREDS. Have the deaths of Sophie, Mike and Caroline taught us nothing?"
After this, Love Island shared a post stating that such bullying will not be tolerated and urged viewers to "think before you post."
"We want Love Island to be a positive experience for all our cast and their friends and family members," they said in a statement yesterday.
"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."