A Black Lives Matters-inspired efficiency by dance troupe Diversity on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent has acquired lots of of complaints.
Ofcom mentioned there have been 1,121 complaints about BGT, largely relating to Diversity.
Ashley Banjo led Saturday’s routine, which noticed him being knelt on by a police officer, a reference to George Floyd’s demise in police custody.
Banjo, who can be a BGT choose, mentioned Diversity “wanted to express how the events of this year have made us feel”.
“We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate,” an Ofcom spokesperson advised the BBC.
There was no affirmation of the precise nature of the complaints however the efficiency attracted each reward and scorn on social media for its political stance, with Banjo referring to each in his tweet after the present.
Part of the Diversity efficiency noticed Banjo mendacity on the ground whereas a dancer dressed as a police officer handcuffed him. Other performers crowded round with smartphones as if to movie and take photographs of the incident.
The dance was additionally narrated, and included the road: “What we thought we knew, some clearly didn’t. Black Lives Matter.”
The group, who gained the expertise present in 2009, then all took a knee earlier than the tune Black Lives Matter by Dax started, which options the lyrics: “I can’t breathe,” the phrases which George Floyd repeatedly mentioned as he was restrained.
A BGT spokesperson mentioned: “Diversity’s performance offered their take on the extraordinary events of 2020 opening up important topics of conversation. The show was compiled for a family audience.”
Diversity have additionally been approached for remark.
Banjo is taking Simon Cowell’s place on the judging panel for this sequence after Cowell injured his again.
The present returned to screens after lockdown with a number of modifications as a consequence of coronavirus – followers have been seen beamed in on an enormous display screen behind the stage as there was no studio viewers.
And juggling comic Steve Royle grew to become the primary contestant to win a spot within the BGT closing after a format change meant the judges might select one of many acts to go straight by means of to the ultimate.
The different seven opponents will now face the general public vote within the hope of touchdown the opposite place.