ASHLEY Banjo joked he’s patiently waiting for Diversity’s contorversial BGT routine to break a TV complaints record.
The dance troupe’s Black Live Matter-inspired routine has racked up 24,041 Ofcom complaints in the 10 days since it was performed.
It is now just over a thousand complaints shy of Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘Punchgate’ which holds the record for most complaints in the last decade, with a total of 25,327.
That shocking moment saw Roxanne Pallett falsely accuse Ryan Thomas of hitting her during their time in the CBB house in 2018 and caused national outrage.
Sharing a snap of himself with daughter Rosie on his shoulders, Ashley posted: “Just me and Rosie patiently watching as we head for the number 1 spot 😅🏅
Furious ITV viewers complained in their droves after the powerful tribute to the late George Floyd, who tragically died after a white cop in the US kneeled on his neck for over seven minutes.
ITV told The Sun Online they are standing by the dance and BGT judge Ashley as Ofcom revealed another 1000 complaints were logged today.
Diversity won BGT back in 2009 with Ashley leading the group.
He is now standing in for Simon Cowell on the judging panel and told how he’s been sent disgusting messages since the performance aired – but “every complaint was worth it”.
Ashley opened the piece by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, which is about the BLM movement and police brutality.
The group were dressed in riot gear and also took the knee partway through the performance, with Ashley saying it was a necessary to highlight the hate he’s received since the show.
He tweeted: “So much to say… But I’ll Just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of Love and support – Thank you.
“For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – Thank you. You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all.”
However, Ashley’s disgusted dancer brother decided to share some of the racist messages he’d received in the aftermath of BGT.
One said: “If you don’t like living in a white country, go live in Africa. I think you would genuinely feel more comfortable there. As would I if you did.”
Posting the nasty comment, Jordan said: “And people wanted to complain about us? People wanted to complain and say there isn’t an issue. Makes me sick.”
Diversity’s performance not only referenced BLM but also addressed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, capitalism, and the growth of delivery services like Amazon.
An ITV spokesperson told The Sun Online: “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.
“Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020.”
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