BRITAIN’S Got Talent has now received 2,966 complaints over Diversity’s Black Lives Matter dance.
The number of complaints has more than doubled overnight after Ashley Banjo led the dance troupe for the raw performance on Saturday evening’s episode which included him being knelt on by a police officer.
Now watchdog Ofcom has confirmed to The Sun Online that 2,966 viewers have taken grievance with what some called a political stance on the ITV show.
Yesterday The Sun exclusively reported the show had received over a 1,000 complaints since the weekend.
A spokeswoman said: "We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."
Ashley, who was a judge at the weekend in place of the injured Simon Cowell, opened the performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery which is about the BLM movement and police brutality.
The group narrated the death of George Floyd who died in May 25 after US police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
After the performance, Ashley said: “This performance is extremely special to me and the rest of Diversity. 2020 has been an incredible moment in history for both positive and negative reasons.
“We wanted to use the platform we've been given to make our voices heard, express how the events of this year have made us feel and think about how we might look back on them in the future. We call it hindsight 2020.”
One said: "Just catching up on #BGT. In floods of tears after the amazing performance by #Diversity. It was so powerful, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen…how much pain and suffering can we all experience this year…"
Another said: "Wow @Diversity_Tweet , as per usual, had me in tears at the sheer talent and the message.Well done."
But Twitter user Paul Crichton slammed the politicisation of the show, which featured Ant and Dec, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden, saying it “shouldn't use a talent show to make a political statement”.
And Joanne O'Malley said how she was “sick to death of BLM being rammed down our throats”.
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