Ofcom receives over a hundred complaints about Coleen Nolan’s ‘ISIS cake’ comments

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Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has received over a hundred complaints about comments made by Coleen Nolan on Loose Women in a discussion about a discrimination ruling against a Northern Irish bakery.

Nolan made the comments while hosting the ITV programme on Tuesday, and was joined by Janet Street-Porter and Jamelia, as they discussed the ruling made in Belfast which found that Ashers Bakery unlawfully discriminated by refusing to make a pro-same-sex marriage cake.

She compared asking for a “support gay marriage” cake to asking for one supporting ISIS, the militant group which publicly executes gay people.

“What about if someone walked in and said I want a cake and I want the whole Islamic State [ISIS] on it, and how I support them killing our people,” she said.

An Ofcom spokesman today told PinKNews that the watchdog had received 110 complaints about the episode, and was still assessing whether to investigate. Ofcom will have decided by 1 June on whether to investigate the comments.

ITV has faced calls from viewers to sack Nolan, or for her to issue an apology, however the broadcaster has declined to comment on the issue when approached by PinkNews.

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins this week hit out at Nolan calling her “chubster”, and writing on Twitter: “Gay rights are not the same as ISIS love.”

Back in 2007, Nolan caused controversy when she said “there is only so much I want to accept”, and that gay couples should not be allowed to adopt.