Banjo responds to complaints about BLM performance

Banjo responds to complaints about BLM performance

The four minute performance told the story of 2020 including everything from online shopping to the emergence of coronavirus, race riots in the U.S. and clap for our carers in the UK.

Dixon commented 'they can kiss my black a**' under an Instagram post from a disgruntled social media user, who said: 'We the Great British Public will only support you if you entertain us and do not say anything about racism'.

"I know a lot of the press reports were about complaints and negativity, of which there was a lot - there were what, 15, 16,000 complaints, a lot of negativity thrown into the performance".

The dance troupe leader Ashley - who is also standing in for judge Simon Cowell on "BGT" - responded to the complaints, which Amanda, 49, has praised him for but admits more people still need to take action. "I knew it before and I definitely know it now", said the presenter.

He took to Twitter and wrote: "There's a lot to say... but I let performance speak for itself".

He said, "We feel positive, proud, happy, and confident, and we are committed to every decision we make with this performance".

The "negativity" included "racial abuse" and "threats", he said, adding: "That reaction shows "exactly why this performance was needed ..."

"Racism is very real".

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"Everything from lockdown to Covid-19, to the incredible NHS to the spotlight that's been shone on racism". Protests and riots culminated in the idea of unity and hope. It was layered. It was something that we wanted to bring to the stage to bring people hope, but also not to shy away from the hard conversations and the hard issues that have arisen this year.

Now, a lot of people were offended at the political nature of that statement but that's never what we intended. "There is no Black Lives Matter Party, they're not saying they stand by everything, they're just saying black lives matter". "Black Lives Matter is a fact".

Banjo said the support, in the form of "hundreds of thousands of messages, comments, DMs and just interactions in the street", had been "overwhelming".

"It is is extraordinary and I think the number of negative complaints means that this conversation is right and fundamental and should continue to happen", she told Piers and Susanna on Good Morning Britain.

"Ashley is doing a phenomenal job on BGT".

We stand by him and stand by that performance 100 percent.

The number of complaints has soared over the week after Ashley Banjo led the dance troupe for the performance on last Saturday's episode.

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