BGT: Diversity BLM performance attracts complaints to Ofcom

Ofcom said there were 1,121 complaints about BGT, mostly regarding Diversity.Ofcom said there were 1,121 complaints about BGT, mostly regarding Diversity.

Ashley Banjo led Saturday's routine, which saw him being knelt on by a police officer, a reference to George Floyd's death in police custody.

Banjo, who is also a BGT judge, said 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 told the BBC.

There was no confirmation of the exact nature of the complaints but the performance attracted both praise and scorn on social media for its political stance, with Banjo referring to both in his tweet after the show.

Part of the Diversity performance saw Banjo lying on the floor while a dancer dressed as a police officer handcuffed him. Other performers crowded around with smartphones as if to film and take photos of the incident.

The dance was also narrated, and included the line: "What we thought we knew, some clearly didn't. Black Lives Matter."

The group, who won the talent show in 2009, then all took a knee before the song Black Lives Matter by Dax began, which features the lyrics: "I can't breathe,"

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