Ofcom have stated that they will not investigate Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired performance from Britain’s Got Talent which aired on September 5th, despite the fact that there are over 24,000 viewer complaints.
A statement released by the government-approved regulatory body has confirmed that they will not be taking further action, even though this dance routine has become the second-most complained about TV moment in the last few years.
The statement by Ofcom said: “We carefully considered a large number of complaints about this artistic routine, an area where freedom of expression is particularly important.”
“Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects, and in our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity.” – The statement added.
The statement went on to say: “Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic of recent global events, and there was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter.”
“We will not be taking this case on to formal investigation.” – The statement concluded.
This decision was met with mixed reactions from viewers, with some agreeing that the BLM-inspired performance was a creative way to express this year, while others still want further action to be taken and for the matter to be dealt with as being ‘political’.
Ashley took to Instagram to share Ofcom’s statement with the caption: “Creativity is always a leap of faith.”
“All I did what was what felt right and I’d do it 100 times over… Sending love to everyone that stood by us.” – He added.