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Row over politicisation of Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent viewers have been embroiled in a row after the dance troupe Diversity took to the stage on Saturday for a routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality.

Britain’s Got Talent fans have been embroiled in a row over the politicisation of the show after the dance troupe Diversity took to the stage last night for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Led by dancer Ashley Banjo, the former champions opened the performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality.

During their performance, the group also narrated the death of George Floyd who died after police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.

However the performance has since been met with a flurry of mixed responses from viewers, with some calling out the display as making a ‘political statement’ and others hailing the dance ‘powerful’.

During Saturday night’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, Diversity displayed a Black Lives Matter routine and took a knee

One user wrote: ‘Disgraceful! Make political statements elsewhere not on a family TV show.’

While another commented: ‘Wrong time and place. BGT should be a lovely entertainment show not political. I had thoroughly enjoyed the show and forgot the troubles of the world and then thud!

‘So disappointed though AB was a great judge and there was no need for his performance.’

Another person added: ‘I had enjoyed it until then and switched off. It is a talent show not a politics show.’

Meanwhile another fan wrote: ‘So disappointed this was a political performance. Didn’t expect it on BGT. Not the right performance.’

During their performance, the dance group, who were dressed in riot gear, recited the viral poem The Great Realisation by Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement before going on to show a policemen placing a hand over Banjo’s throat as he lay on the ground to the song I Can’t Breathe.

Speaking after the performance Banjo told MailOnline: ‘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.’

Some viewers took to social media to argue that the performance was a political statement which was not for a family show

Elsewhere other viewers praised the group and BGT bosses for depicting the issue.

One person wrote: ‘Prime time Saturday night TV and dance group Diversity performed a routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement which featured a police officer kneeling on member Ashley’s Banjo’s neck. Powerful.’

While another viewer added: ‘What an incredible performance from Diversity- a really brave and meaningful way to keep the message out there! I’m really happy to see such diversity within the team now, too! Awesome!’

Another fan commented: ‘Damn! Diversity on BGT last night was the best thing I’ve ever seen, was so moving and put their story across brilliantly. Brought a tear to the eye! Amazing!’


By Bhvishya Patel Laura Fox For Mailonline

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