Love Island fury as photo of contestant Anton Danyluk in blackface emerges

A picture of Love Island 2019 contestant Anton Danyluk in blackface has emerged just hours before the launch of the forthcoming series.

The 24-year-old Scotland native painted his face black to dress up as The A Team’s Mr T for a Halloween party with friends in 2014 and now angry fans are calling for bosses to axe the islander before he makes his debut.

Anton wore blue dungarees, a gold chain and had dramatically darkened his skin for the event in a photo shared on Facebook, with a close friend telling The Sun: ‘Anton likes to be the life and soul of the party and his idea of having fun is having all the attention on him.

‘He was proud of the effort he put in to the costume. He just thought it would be a good laugh.’

Furious viewers on Twitter have urged the show’s bosses to seek action, writing: ”If Love Island keeps that boy that boy that did black face on they’re a proper disgrace.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another added: ‘Pictures of Anton doing blackface get him of our screens, we don’t want him.’

Meanwhile, former islander Marcel Somerville has condemned blackface and expressed his disgust at the picture.

‘Blackface was a form of entertainment that comedians and actors used to do,’ he told the publication. ‘But we all know it’s just not funny and simply not acceptable any more.

‘In my opinion it hasn’t been acceptable for decades, so to hear that someone still thinks it’s OK to make fun of people’s skin colour is absolutely ridiculous. It’s racist, and for him to stay on the show now with no repercussions is not OK.

‘Perhaps Love Island bosses should let his fellow housemates know about what he did. Then we can see if he still finds it funny.’

Anton’s mum defended hers son’s blackface in a comment which read: ‘Given that Anton has no right to reply, I wanted to take the opportunity to assure everyone that my son, who himself is mixed heritage, is not a racist.

‘As his mother I know he would be mortified to be labelled in such a way, and would whole heartedly apologise to anyone offended by this picture.

‘There was absolutely no racist intent and almost six years down the line, I know it’s not the way Anton would ever behave today.’

Love Island kicks off Monday 3 June at 9pm on ITV2.

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