Birmingham news Piers Morgan 'couldn't be prouder' on GMB after Diversity backlash MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! Popular TV show host Piers Morgan has stepped up and said he could have "been prouder" to work for the ITV. This comes after the dance trio Diversity received thousands of complaints after it created and performed a routine in support of Black Lives Matter. The performance was featured on Britain's Got Talent on September 5 but it triggered a wave of angry backlash from viewers causing people to complain to the broadcast regulator Ofcom. And ever since the performance, there has been an angry debate about whether or not the performance should have been shown on television in a prime slot. However, Piers Morgan spoke up in defence of the performance recently and it has also triggered ITV to issue a statement supporting the Diversity group. According to the Express, Piers said: “I don’t think I've ever been prouder to work for ITV when I read that. “I’m pleased they haven’t bowed to the mob of people protesting - good for ITV.” Piers and Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid slammed BGT viewers taking issue with Diversity's performance (Image: ITV) Both Piers and Susanna then said they too stood by Diversity, with the former adding: “Ashley, keep going. “We’re all right behind you,” he continued, with viewers watching at home reiterating the presenter’s sentiments. One wrote on Twitter: “ @ITV fantastic support for #Diversity Love the support you give through various TV programmes.” Another added: “It would be even better if the other broadcasters came out in support of the great performance #Diversity did to show a solidarity rarely seen today @BBC @Channel4 @channel5_tv.” The performance in question featured during the first semi-final of this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent on September 5, 2020. Taking to his official Instagram account in light of ITV’s statement, Ashley also reacted to its defence of the dance troupe. In view of his 897,000 followers, the dancer wrote: “Never let anybody dim your light. No matter how many people tell you otherwise...
.” Earlier this week, the temporary Britain’s Got Talent judge informed his fans of some of the backlash he had received online as a result of the controversial performance. Showing a selection of the comments he had received, Ashley wrote: “No I don’t mean ‘criticism’... I mean ‘Racism’.
“I mean hate... I mean the very thing that makes every single second of that performance and every single complaint worth it.” The dancer pleaded with his followers “not to feel sorry for him” but to “feel sorry for the people that endure this kind of abuse and have no voice or platform.” However, he stated the examples of the backlash he had been subject to was from the “vast minority” who don’t understand the importance of the power of the arts Concluding his statement, Ashley added: “But for all the people asking or wondering - yes, [racism] is very real and yes it does exist." With the number of complaints issued to Ofcom, the depiction of the Black Lives Matter protests is on track to becoming the most controversial television moment of the decade. Currently, an incident involving former soap stars Roxanne Pallett, 37, and Ryan Thomas, on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 holds the top spot. 25,327 complaints were made to the broadcasting watchdog, with Kim Woodburn’s, 78, interview on Loose Women in 2018 sitting in the third position with 7,912 complaints. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.
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