Diversity’s controversial BLM BGT performance won’t be penalised by Ofcom

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has confirmed it won't taking action against Britain's Got Talent over Diversity's Black Lives Matter performance.

This is despite the fact that the controversial dance attracted more than 24,000 complaints from ITV viewers.

An Ofcom spokesperson told Mirror Online: "We carefully considered a large number of complaints about this artistic routine, an area where freedom of expression is particularly important.

"Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects, and in our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity.

"Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic of recent global events, and there was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter."

The routine – which aired last Saturday and featured imagery of George Floyd's death and references to the Black Lives Matter movement – is currently the second most complained about TV moment of the decade.

The decision comes after ITV told The Sun Online that they are standing by the dance and leader Ashley Banjo.

A spokesperson told the publication: "Britain's Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity's performance on BGT.

"Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020."

Ashley Banjo has also spoken out, saying he has received "racist abuse" and "threats" in the days since the dance sequence aired.

Following the news it has been reported that Diversity, who won the talent show back in 2009, are set to return to the BGT stage for the festive edition of the show.

Some of the most successful acts from the ITV talent show will return for the one-off programme but there will apparently be a major change.

In a shock twist acts will reportedly join forces with another in a bid to impress the studio audience, instead of competing alone.

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV this Saturday

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