News 17 September 2020

Diversity’s Powerful Black Lives Matter-Inspired Performance Won’t Face Ofcom Investigation

17 September 2020

It has now been confirmed that Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired performance on Britain’s Got Talent will not face an investigation from media regulator, Ofcom.

Since the dance group performed on Britain’s Got Talent on September 5, the performance has received over 24,000 complaints from members of the public.

Now, Ofcom have confirmed the dance will not face investigation.

A spokesperson for the watchdog said: “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.”

Watchdog’s statement on the powerful dance comes after Diversity’s leader Ashley Banjo recently spoke out on the “overwhelming” complaints and racist abuse he has received since the performance.

“A lot of the negativity and the nastiness and the racism shows exactly why this performance was needed 
and exactly why this conversation that has now risen from it is necessary,” he said.

“Racism is very real, I knew it before, and I definitely know it now. After this performance, and everything that we’ve received, it’s been overwhelming in the negative sense sometimes.”