Diversity’s BLM-inspired performance on Britain’s Got Talent has now resulted in around 22,000 complaints to Ofcom. As of last Friday, the figure stood at 15,000, as viewers complained that the performance politicised the popular talent show. The most controversial part of the performance featured a white man dressed as a police officer, kneeling on the neck of Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo, mirroring the image of the death of George Floyd who was killed by a white police officer in America. Ofcom began to receive complaints immediately after the performance, as the dance routine was quick to polarise opinion. It has also since been reported that, as a result of the dance routine, the popular talent show has experienced a rating slump, with ratings dropping by 350,000. Furthermore, many have threatened to boycott the show.
TV Presenter Piers Morgan Defends Diversity’s Performance
On Monday morning, while presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan launched a strong defence of the dance routine. He told viewers, “If you can’t handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again or to complain to Ofcom, there’s something wrong with you. You, you’re the problem! You’re part of the problem.” He continued, “By the way, if you don’t like me saying this, then don’t watch us either. Don’t watch Good Morning Britain. Because I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity. And if you can’t handle it Britain, wake up.”
Later in the show, a fellow judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Amanda Holden commented, “It is extraordinary. I think the number of negative complaints means this conversation is right and fundamental and should continue to happen. What hasn’t really been highlighted is the fact that we were inundated with overwhelming positive response, hundreds of thousands of them. As BGT family, and Diversity is very much part of that family, and Ashley is doing a phenomenal job on BGT, we stand by him and stand by that performance 100 per cent.”