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Britain's Got Talent Receives Hundreds Of Complaints After Diversity's BLM-Inspired Performance

Britain's Got Talent Receives Hundreds Of Complaints After Diversity's BLM-Inspired Performance

Ofcom said it had received more than 1,000 complaints and that 'most' were about Diversity

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

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.

Ofcom told the BBC it had received 1,121 complaints about the ITV show, 'mostly regarding Diversity'.

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'.

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."

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.

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."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV and Film