ITV have said that they are standing by Britain’s Got Talent judge Ashley Banjo and his dance troupe Diversity as there have been a reported 21,673 Ofcom complaints made about their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance.
Some viewers criticised the routine for ‘politicising’ the show and did not appreciate the performance put on by the group.
In a statement, the broadcaster told MailOnline: “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.” – ITV added.
At the moment Ofcom have received 21,673 complaints after the group’s performance which aired earlier this month on BGT, this number of complaints is leading towards becoming the most protested Television moment in the past 10 years.
Even though there have been complaints about the performance which was broadcast through ITV, Ashley and his group have also been receiving a lot of support, even from celebrity friends, including Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.
Piers Morgan told viewers on Monday’s Good Morning Britain: “If you can’t handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again or to complain to Ofcom, there’s something wrong with you.”
“You, you’re the problem! You’re part of the problem.” – He added.
Piers, who co-presents GMB that also airs on ITV, included: “By the way, if you don’t like me saying this, then don’t watch us either. Don’t watch Good Morning Britain. Because I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity. And if you can’t handle it Britain, wake up.”