Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon has ferociously thrown her support behind Diversity after they broke Ofcom records for their powerful Black Lives Matter routine.
On Saturday night, the Ashley Banjo-led dance troupe took to the stage with a performance that looked back over the global protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US.
‘Another disease deep-rooted in our system, fear, hate and ignorance, where racism is the symptom,’ the new BGT judge said in the voice-over, as he stepped in for Simon Cowell who is currently recovering from a broken back.
And while Twitter was flooded with praise, TV watchdog Ofcom received more than 10,000 complaints – breaking its 2020 record.
Taking to Instagram, Ashley shared a picture protesting the dance, which read: ‘Dear Joshua, Hamilton, Banjo and any other black public figures.
‘We the Great British Public will only support you if you entertain us and do not say anything about racism. Thank you for your understanding.’
In the caption, he hit back: ‘For the people sending this: 1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it.’
And it seems Alesha was in agreement as she quickly replied: ‘The can kiss my black a*s!’
It comes after Ashley’s younger brother Jordan fought back tears when addressing the abuse his group has received in the days after their dance.
‘Of course you get some critiques but normally it’s focused on the dance,’ he explained when talking on Kiss FM alongside his co-star Perri Kiely. ‘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,’ the dancer added.
‘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’s voice cracked on air, 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.’
Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday on ITV.
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