Ashley Banjo speaks out after reaction to Diversity dance routine

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Perry Kiely, Ashley Banjo and Jordan Banjo attend the National Television Awards held at the O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Dancer and choreographer Ashley Banjo has spoken out after a Diversity performance on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday prompted over 1,100 complaints to Ofcom.

The troupe performed an emotional dance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement on the show's semi-finals, which included a moment when the entire group took the knee in protest.

Afterwards, when Banjo became aware of the negative comments circling the performance he went on social media to address them.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The dance troupe 'Diversity', winners of the third series of 'Britain's Got Talent 'perform their routine before the Guinness Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Wembley Stadium on September 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The dance troupe 'Diversity', winners of the third series of 'Britain's Got Talent 'perform their routine before the Guinness Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Wembley Stadium on September 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The dance troupe 'Diversity', winners of the third series of 'Britain's Got Talent 'perform their routine before the Guinness Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Wembley Stadium on September 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: The dance troupe 'Diversity', winners of the third series of 'Britain's Got Talent 'perform their routine before the Guinness Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Wembley Stadium on September 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)
Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity perform a one-off dance routine in London's Covent Garden to promote the launch of Disney XD a new TV channel from Disney, which hits the screens on August 31st. (Photo by David Parry/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain'S Got Talent Winners, Diversity And 100 Young Street Dancers Preform In Covent Garden Today To Mark The Launch Of New Tv Channel From Disney 'Disney Xd'. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Perri Luc Kiely And Ashley Banjo, Member Of Britain'S Got Talent Winners, Diversity And 100 Young Street Dancers Preform In Covent Garden Today To Mark The Launch Of New Tv Channel From Disney 'Disney Xd'. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain'S Got Talent Winners, Diversity And 100 Young Street Dancers Preform In Covent Garden Today To Mark The Launch Of New Tv Channel From Disney 'Disney Xd'. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Ashley Banjo, Member Of Britain'S Got Talent Winners, Diversity And 100 Young Street Dancers Preform In Covent Garden Today To Mark The Launch Of New Tv Channel From Disney 'Disney Xd'. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
Perri Luc Kiely, Member Of Britain'S Got Talent Winners, Diversity And 100 Young Street Dancers Preform In Covent Garden Today To Mark The Launch Of New Tv Channel From Disney 'Disney Xd'. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: Diversity , winner of Britain's Got Talent 2009, poses backstage on the second day of Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 5, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Christie Goodwin/Redferns)
Britain's Got Talent winners, dance group Diversity, (left to right, front row). Jamie McNaughton, Ian McNaughton, Mitchell Craske, Perri Luc Kiely (back group, left to right) Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo, Ashley Banjo, Sam Craske, Terry Smith and Matthew McNaughton at The London Studios on the South Bank. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Members of Diversity', the winners of Britain's Got Talent during a press conference at Sony HQ in Kensington, west London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Terry Smith (left) and Perri Kelly who are members of 'Diversity', the winners of Britain's Got Talent during a press conference at Sony HQ in Kensington, west London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Diversity', the winners of Britain's Got Talent, (left to right, back row) Ike Ezekwugo, Sam Craske, Jamie McNaughton, Ian McNaughton, Mitchell Craske, Ashley Banjo, Warren Russell, Terry Smith, Jordan Banjo and Matthew McNaughton, (centre, front) Mitchell Craske and Perri Kiely (centre) during a press conference at Sony HQ in Kensington, west London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Members of dance troupe Diversity (Back row L-R) Ian McNaughton, Warren Russell, Terry Smith, Ike Ezekwugo, Ashley Banjo, Jordan Banjo (Front Row L-R) Sam Craske, Perri Kiely, Mitchell Craske, Jamie McNaughton and Matthew McNaughton attend a press conference after winning the live final of Britain's Got Talent at Sony Headquarters on May 31, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity perform a one-off dance routine in London's Covent Garden to promote the launch of Disney XD a new TV channel from Disney, which hits the screens on August 31st. (Photo by David Parry/PA Images via Getty Images)
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EDITORIAL USE ONLY Members of Britain's Got Talent winning dance troupe Diversity launch the Fitness First Diversity Street Dance exercise class at Fitness First gym in Spitalfields, London.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Members of Britain's Got Talent winning dance troupe Diversity launch the Fitness First Diversity Street Dance exercise class at Fitness First gym in Spitalfields, London.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) meets Britain's Got Talent Winners, British dance group Diversity, following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.
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He said: "So much to say... But I'll just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of love and support – Thank you.

"For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – Thank you. You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all."

His tweet then prompted more positive and negative feedback on the social media platform.

Some said Diversity's performance, which referenced the death of George Floyd in the US, was "powerful", "perfectly executed" and "a reminder that there are still changes that need to be made".

While others thought it wasn't "appropriate for a Saturday family show", "scary" and the "wrong time, wrong place and wrong message to young children watching".

An Ofcom spokeswoman told The Sun: "We have received a total of 1,121 complaints in relation to last Saturday's Britain's Got Talent, most of which related to the Diversity dance segment.

"We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."

Since it returned to our screens in April, millions have tuned in to watch Britain's Got Talent each weekend. Banjo is currently standing in as a judge on the talent show, while Simon Cowell recovers from back surgery.

The dance started with Banjo reciting a remix of the poem The Great Realisation by Tomfoolery (real name Tom Roberts). The writer, whose poem has become a viral hit, took to social media to say how honoured he had been to be involved in the performance.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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