Ashley Banjo makes a defiant entrance to Britain's Got Talent after 15,000 complaints

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25:  Ashley Banjo attends the National Television Awards on January 25, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Ashley Banjo made a defiant entrance on Britain's Got Talent this weekend, walking onstage to Elton John classic I'm Still Standing.

Last weekend, a performance by dance troupe Diversity depicted Banjo being knelt on by a white 'police officer' in reference to the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police.

The powerful Black Lives Matter performance has since been complained about over 15,000 times, according to TV watchdog Ofcom.

The only TV incident to receive more complaints in the past decade is Celebrity Big Brother's 2018 'punchgate', which garnered over 25,000 complaints when former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett falsely accused Coronation Street's Ryan Thomas of hitting her.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) meets (L to R) Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Ashley Banjo and Perri Kiely attends the Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success awards at Odeon Leicester Square on March 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett - WPA Pool/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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Ashley Banjo of Diversity attends a photocall to launch Disney XD at Covent Garden on August 6, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Ashley Banjo (top) and Perri Luc Kiely (bottom) of Diversity attend a photocall to launch Disney XD at Covent Garden on August 6, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Judges Adam Garcia, Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo appear on Sky TV's Got To Dance at the Maidstone Studios in Kent. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Ashley Banjo and Jordan Banjo attend the National Television Awards 2012 at the 02 Arena on January 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Perri Luc Kiely and Ashley Banjo of Diversity perform during the 2012 Digitized: In a Game Tour on stage at Nottingham Capital FM Arena on April 3, 2012 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Perri Luc Kiely, Ashley Banjo and Mitchell Craske of Diversity perform during the 2012 Digitized: In a Game Tour on stage at Nottingham Capital FM Arena on April 3, 2012 in Nottingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ashley Banjo of dance troupe Diversity performs at MEN Arena on April 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ashley Banjo of dance troupe Diversity performs at MEN Arena on April 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ashley Banjo of dance troupe Diversity performs at MEN Arena on April 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ashley Banjo of dance troupe Diversity performs at MEN Arena on April 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 19: Ashley Banjo of Diversity, Tinie Tempah winner of Best Hip Hop/Grime MOBO Award and Kimberley Wyatt at the 18th anniversary MOBO Awards with Diversity's Ashley and Kimberley Wyatt at The Hydro on October 19, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Martin Grimes/Getty Images for MOBO)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Ashley Banjo and 'Diversity' perform during the first live show of 2014's "Got To Dance" at Earls Court on August 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Adam Garcia, Kimberley Wyatt and Ashley Banjo judge the first live show of 2014's "Got To Dance" at Earls Court on August 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ashley Banjo and Diversity with the Marine Band perform onstage during the Invictus Games Closing Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ashley Banjo and Diversity perform onstage during the Invictus Games Closing Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Ashley Banjo, Perri Kiely and Diversity perform onstage during the Invictus Games Closing Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Redferns via Getty Images)
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A spokesperson for Ofcom told MailOnline last week: "We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."

Banjo addressed the backlash on Instagram.

Posting a picture of himself, boxer Antony Joshua and Formula 1's Lewis Hamilton with a caption suggesting black stars should not discuss racism, he wrote: "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."

Banjo received a host of support from fellow entertainers and friends, including BGT colleague Alesha Dixon, who said people sending Banjo such messages could "kiss my black a***".

JLS star Aston Merrygold also commented, saying: "It's like that yeah! Guess it's time to speak louder for the people that can't quite hear!"

Banjo's brother and Diversity colleague Jordan Banjo spoke of the response to the performance, saying though they had received positive messages, there had been some negativity too.

Talking on Wednesday's edition of Kiss Breakfast Show, he said: "We also got bombarded with messages and articles of horrible stuff about us, about our families... 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.

"No one is saying only black lives matter, it's all positivity and love. Let's keep it moving."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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