Loose Women may face Ofcom investigation following rape poll

ITV’s Loose Women may face an investigation from Ofcom following complaints over their recent poll about rape


by Fiona Day |
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Loose Women came under fire last week after they posted a poll on their site asking if it’s ever a woman’s fault if she is raped.

The show’s official Twitter posted: “POLL: After Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde's comments- we're asking is it ever a woman's fault if she is raped?”

The tweet came after musician Chrissie Hynde said that she blamed herself after she was beaten and raped by bikers.

An ITV spokesperson was forced to release a statement after viewers were left outraged by the poll, with many accusing the chat show of facilitating a victim blaming culture.

The poll came after comments from Chrissie Hynde
The poll came after comments from Chrissie Hynde

The statement read: “Loose Women is a daily talk show centred around topical debate and this discussion, linked to a recent news story, involved a full and frank range of views from the panellists.

“We always want to know what our viewers think about topical issues, however, we accept that the wording of the online poll was misjudged and we apologise for any offence caused.”

After 73 official complaints were made to Ofcom, the regulator is now left with the decision whether to investigate the panel show for the shocking poll.

It isn’t the first time that Loose Women has been under fire.

Earlier this year, Ofcom received over 100 complaints when panelist Coleen Nolan compared baking a cake supporting gay marriage to a cake supporting ISIS.

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