BGT Ofcom complaints reach 7,581 as Diversity’s Jordan Banjo breaks down

Ofcom have received over 7,500 complaints in relation to Sunday night's episode of Britain's Got Talent.

The latest offering of the ITV show saw dance troupe Diversity take to the stage to perform a routine that referenced George Floyd's death in America earlier this year.

At one point during the dance, a man dressed as a policeman was seen kneeling on the neck of Diversity member Ashley Banjo – and viewers were not happy.

On Monday it was revealed that 1,121 viewers had complained to regulator Ofcom with that number rising to 2,966 by Tuesday.

On Wednesday an Ofcom spokesperson confirmed the figure had totalled 7,581.

The figures come after Ashley's brother, Jordan, broke down during a radio interview on Wednesday morning on Kiss FM.

Speaking about the backlash, he said: "Of course you get some critiques but normally it's focused on the dance.

"But this one was different, it was really important, it was special to us. We are all about positivity and love and we got so much positivity and love back from this one.

"But we also got bombarded with messages and articles of horrible stuff about us, about our families, about how even now Diversity not diverse enough because there's only five white people in it."

Jordan then became emotional as he continued: "I can't speak for anyone else it's sad, it's sad, genuinely.

"I feel really anxious and worried saying something like black lives matter when that's all we want man, love and positivity.

"No one is saying only black lives matter, as a son and as a dad, I look at Pel [Perri] and I just.. it's all positivity and love, let's keep it moving."

Jordan then had to cut his interview short as he became too choked up.

His brother Ashley – who is currently standing in for Simon Cowell on BGT – choreographed the dance routine to poem The Great Realisation by Tomfoolery and has defended the performance in the last few days.

Posting an image of a headline which referenced the uproar, he wrote: "Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

"My truth, my platform, my art. I’ve always tried to create not only to entertain but also to inspire… That will never change."

He continued: "'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter' – Martin Luther King Jr.

"I’m so grateful and overwhelmed by all of the love and support but also by the amount of conversation this performance has thrown up 2020 has been such a historical year. One day we will look back and realise it was the start of real change…

"Sending out nothing but love and positivity to everyone reading this post #wearediversity."

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