North East UK news ITV break silence as complaints on Diversity routine pass 23,000 MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - ITV have come out in support of Diversity after the group's BGT performance continues to attract Ofcom cpmplaints
Breaking News ! ITV are standing by Diversity for their "authentic and heartfelt" performance on Britain's Got Talent as complaints about it pass the 23,000 mark. It's been close to two weeks now since the BGT winning dance collective sparked a huge reaction amongst viewers for their powerful routine on the first semi-final. Focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and the struggles still faced by many across the world, the performance featured a reenactment of George Floyd's death as Ashley Banjo lay on the floor with as a police officer standing over him. The act has been heralded by many people, including Britain's Got Talent hosts Ant and Dec and judge Alesha Dixon who stood up and shouted "YES!" as Diversity finished their routine. Read More Related Articles Ashley Banjo shares shocking extent of vile racist abuse over Diversity BLM routine on BGT Read More Related Articles Little Mix's Jesy Nelson suffers panic attack before live performance as bandmates rush to help her Others have hit out at Diversity and ITV, with Ofcom complaints standing at over 23,000 by Tuesday afternoon. But ITV have now issued a defiant statement in support of Diversity which reads: "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." Viewers in tears as Diversity re-enact George Floyd death on BGT (Image: ITV) Earlier this week Ashley, who is standing in for the injured Simon Cowell to judge the semi-finals, revealed the extent of the vile abuse he'd received in the aftermath of the BLM routine. Sharing some of the worst ones on his Instagram, he posted: "I didn’t want to even shed light on any of this directly.
. And please don’t worry about or feel sorry for me.
"Feel sorry for the people that endure this kind of abuse and have no voice or platform. Feel sorry for the people that have been singled out, abused and in some cases murdered because of the colour of their skin. "The only saving grace is that this is the vast minority... But for all the people asking or wondering - yes it is very real and yes it does exist.
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