BRITAIN’S Got Talent has now been the subject of 10,267 complaints from irate viewers about Diversity’s Black Lives Matter routine.
The number of complaints skyrocketed over the week after Ashley Banjo led the dance troupe for the raw performance of the Saturday night episode.
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The performance, which saw Jordan’s brother Ashley lying on the floor with a white policeman kneeling over him, made reference to the death of George Floyd in the United States.
There were also support dancers performing dressed in riot gear and the group took the knee during the performance.
Diversity’s powerful performances are now the second most criticized on TV in a decade.
The first is Roxanne Pallett’s Celebrity Big Brother “punchgate” drama starring former Corrie star Ryan Thomas with 25,327 complaints and Kim Woodburn’s interview on Loose Women comes in third with 7,912 complaints.
Ashley revealed earlier this week that he received a barrage of abuse during the performance.
But the show’s deputy judge thanked his critics for proving it was a necessary performance.
Speaking to Twitter, he wrote: “So much to say… But I’ll let the performance do the talking. Thousands of messages of love and support – Thank you.
“For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – Thank you. You are highlighting exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to all of you. ”
Some BGT viewers said the “powerful” performance moved them to tears while others insisted that a “political statement” had no place on the talent show.
One wrote: “Powerful and moving and thought-provoking. What you all did was EXCEPTIONAL. ”
Another tweeted: “Incredibly powerful performances! Moved me to tears. You are simply THE BEST !!! ”
A third said: “Keep doing the right thing. This room was SO powerful.
Diversity performed their spectacular spinning dance moves in front of support dancers dressed as riot police with shields.
Ashley’s brother Jordan held back tears yesterday over the “horrific” complaints, speaking on his Kiss Radio show he said it was “really sad”.
Jordan, 27, said: “Sure you get criticism, but normally it’s dance-oriented.
“But this one was different, it was really important, it was special for us.
“We’re all about positivity and love and we’ve had so much positivity and love from it.
“But we have also been bombarded with messages and articles of horrible things about us, our families, that the diversity is not yet diverse enough because there are only five whites. ”
More and more moved, he added: “I can’t speak for anyone else, it’s sad, it’s sad, really. ”
Meanwhile, Perri hit back at a critic, telling them to “take the trash.”
Ashley, who was a judge this weekend in place of the injured Simon Cowell, opened the show by reciting a viral poem The Great Realization by singer Tomfoolery, which is about the BLM movement and police brutality.
The performance also touched on the coronavirus, capitalism and the growth of delivery services like Amazon.
He was called “powerful” by host Dec Donnelly moments after his end.
After the performance Ashley said, “This performance is extremely special to me and the rest of Diversity.
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“We wanted to use the platform given to us to make our voices heard, express what this year’s events made us feel and think about how we might rethink them in the future… We call it retrospective 2020. “