Ashley Banjo hits out at trolls as complaints double over Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent performance

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Diversity's dance routine on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, 5 September, has seen Ofcom complaints double to 2,996 so far this week.

The powerful Black Lives Matter inspired dance routine caused a split in viewer opinion, with many praising the choreography that included a reference to the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

However, some felt it "too politicised" and complained to the UK's communications regulator.

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Ashley Banjo, who heads up Diversity and was also a judge on this weekend's show, has now revealed he's seen thousands of "hateful and ignorant messages" criticising the powerful routine.

The 31-year-old choreographer took to social media to hit back at the comments he's received since the show went out.

The post included an image of Ashley posed up with Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton with the words: "Dear Joshua and Banjo and any other Black public figures. We the Great British Public will only support you if you entertain us and do not say anything about racism."

Ashley wrote alongside it: "For the people sending this:

1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public.

2. Silence was never and will never be an option.

3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it #Diversity," he said with a warning.

On Monday it was reported the number of complaints to regulators Ofcom had reached 1,121, but it has since doubled to 2,996.

And Ofcom said they were deciding whether or not to investigate the complaints.

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A representative for Britain's Got Talent has defended Diversity's performance in a statement issued to the Mirror.

"Diversity’s performance offered their take on the extraordinary events of 2020 opening up important topics of conversation," they said, adding: "The show was complied for a family audience.”

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