Alesha Dixon backs Diversity after 'BGT' dance sparks complaints

Alesha Dixon backs Diversity after 'BGT' dance sparks complaints

The ITV show has been embroiled in controversy after Diversity took to the stage with a Black Lives Matter-inspired performance, sparking over 15,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom.

Within the episode aired on September 5, Variety, led by in style U.Ok. presenter Ashley Banjo, carried out a routine, a part of which concerned him mendacity on the ground whereas a fellow dancer wearing police gear handcuffed him.

The powerful performance of diversity has become the second most complained about television moment in the United Kingdom in a decade.

Last weekend, a performance by dance troupe Diversity depicted Banjo being knelt on by a white "police officer" in reference to the death of George Floyd at the hands of U.S. police.

Diversity's performance on Saturday night - which featured Ashley Banjo lying on the floor with a white police officer kneeling on him - has become the second-most complained-about TV moment of the decade.

On Wednesday, Banjo posted on Instagram: "Silence was by no means and can by no means be an choice".

Many stars - including BGT judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden - have also expressed their support for Banjo and co amid the backlash.

This message apparently went down badly with Britain's Got Talent's core audience of families and, more generally, people who just prefer to watch underdog comedians, animal trainers and singing pensioners having a shot at the limelight.

Ashley revealed earlier this week that he received a barrage of abuse over the performance.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote:"So much to say..." But I will just let this performance say it for me.

'I love the fact you had a character this time and you were an evil spider woman in it. "Sending nothing however like to you all".

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For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance - Thank you.

Diversity depicted the death of George Floyd in their performance.

"Ashley's brother Jordan battled back tears across the" dreadful" complaints.

Jordan, 27, said: "Of course you get some criticism, but in general it focuses on dance".

"But we also got bombarded with messages and articles of terrible stuff about us, about our families, about how even now Diversity not diverse enough because there's only five white people in it".

"But this one was different, it was really important, it was special to us".

Speaking on the Kiss Breakfast Show, he said Diversity had received a lot of "positivity and love" but were also "bombarded with messages and articles of frightful stuff about us, about our families".

"I can't speak for anyone else, but it's sad".

This performance also addressed the growth of corona virus, capitalism and distribution services such as Amazon.

"2020 has been an incredible moment in history for both positive and negative reasons. We've been thinking about how events this year made us feel and how we will look back on them in the future ... this is what we call 2020".

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