There was a flood of love for her statement necklace, but some viewers complained on social media.
“Wtf is Alesha Dixon wearing a necklace?” Raged on Twitter.
“It’s a prime-time talent show on Saturday night! There is a place for it and it is not that. “
Another said: “Ashamed by Alesha, she should be taller than that. ”
And another tweeted: “@AleshaOfficial is wearing a ‘BLM’ necklace. It’s just. So I’m saying it’s just that people wear a ‘WLM’ necklace. ”
But others rushed to applaud the jewelry.
“Alesha rocks the BLM necklace on #BGT,” one said.
“LET HER WEAR THE ALESHA YOU QUEEN NECKLACE,” shouted another.
“As if people are actually complaining about alesha wearing a blm necklace,” commented another.
“Well done Alesha! An excellent avenue to send such an important message, ”greeted another fan.
This week, ITV defended its decision to screen the Black Lives Matter performance of the Diversity dance troupe on its flagship talent show.
It featured BGT dancer, choreographer and guest judge Ashley having her neck knelt down by a white cop.
The dance has been accused by viewers of taking a political stance on a family entertainment show and it is now the second most criticized TV moment of the decade.
The channel is sticking to its dance broadcast, which has garnered around 24,500 complaints from broadcast regulator Ofcom.
An ITV spokesperson said: “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all its forms and ITV supports the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.
“Ashley and the band are a prime example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was a genuine and heartfelt response to many of the issues and events that have affected society in 2020.”
The dance, in Britain’s Got Talent 2020’s first semi-final on Saturday, September 5, portrayed the death of George Floyd in America and the protests that followed.
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Sharing examples of some of the despicable comments he had received, Ashley told her Instagram followers, “No, I don’t mean ‘criticism’… I mean ‘racism’. I mean hate… I mean what makes every second of this performance and every complaint worth it. ”
Ashley, 31, says he is nothing but proud of the performance and explained that the longtime talent show was the right platform as “a stage for so many amazing performances and for the artists explore emotions and stories ”.
Explaining the concept behind the performance, he said it aimed to sum up an extraordinary year comprising COVID-19, lockdown, the NHS and the spotlight on racism with the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed.
“Retrospective 2020 – that’s what it was about,” he said.
“It was something we wanted to bring to the stage to give people hope, not shy away from difficult conversations. “