Britain's Got Talent Receives Hundreds Of Complaints After Diversity's BLM-Inspired Performance
Diversity's Black Lives Matter-inspired dance piece on this weekend's Britain's Got Talent has received hundreds of complaints via broadcasting regulator Ofcom.
Ashley Banjo, who is also stepping in a judge in Simon Cowell's absence, led the routine, which involved him being knelt on by a man dressed as a police officer - in reference to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis back in May.
An Ofcom spokesperson told the BBC: "We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate." The nature of the complaints has not been released.
Following the performance, Banjo tweeted to thank fans for the 'love and support'.
So much to say... But I'll Just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of Love and support - Thank you For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance - Thank you. You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all :pray::flag_gb: #Diversity pic.twitter.com/3kP0ymUj88
- Ashley Banjo (@AshleyBanjo) September 6, 2020
During the performance, Banjo lay on the floor while a fellow dancer, dressed as a police officer, cuffed him. Others gathered around to take photos and video.
A voice over during the dance said: "What we thought we knew, some clearly didn't. Black Lives Matter."
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The troupe then took a knee as the words 'I can't breathe' from Dax's 'Black Lives Matter' played in the background.
The judging panel gave the dance troupe a standing ovation following the performance.
Banjo then joined the judges, where he will be filling in while Cowell recovers from his bike accident last month.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King Jr
- Ashley Banjo (@AshleyBanjo) September 5, 2020
Speaking about getting the chance to be a judge, Banjo said: "First and foremost, me joining the show this year is bittersweet because I feel like this year has been full of horrible news.
"There are a few people over the course of Diversity's career who have been integral and had a huge impact, and Simon's one of those.
"Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from the streets of East London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man. It feels really nice, almost poetic."
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