Piers Morgan slams people critical of BLM-inspired dance routine

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid have defended Diversity star Ashley Banjo over the Black Lives Matter-inspired Britain's Got Talent dance routine which has sparked over 15,000 complaints.

The Good Morning Britain co-presenters addressed the topic live on the ITV breakfast show on Monday (14 September) and condemned people sending threats and racial abuse to Banjo.

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Speaking on the show, Morgan said: "What are they complaining about? I'm serious, what are you complaining about?

"George Floyd was a black man in America who died when a white police officer put his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes... a moment that horrified the world.

"Diversity are a brilliant dance group, they are artists."

He went on to read comments from people unhappy with the dance routine who vowed to boycott BGT.

He said: "It's that that offends you? Not the death of George Floyd? You don't have to enjoy it, you can appreciate the art, it's powerful what they did."

He added: "If you can't handle that, there's something wrong with you. You are the problem, you're part of the problem you see?

"By the way, if you don't like me saying this don't watch us either, don't watch GMB as I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity, and I think what they did was brilliant. If you can't handle it Britain, wake up."

Reid added: "If you think it's an excuse to send Ashley and Diversity abuse and threats, there is something wrong with you."

Banjo took to social media to address the furore on Sunday, 13 September.

In a seven minute clip posted to Instagram, Banjo said though the majority of the feedback he'd had was positive, he had also received negativity, including threats and racial abuse.

He said: "A lot of the comments showed just why this performance was needed.

"Racism is very real. I knew it before, and I definitely know it now. After this performance, everything that we've received it's been overwhelming in a negative sense sometimes. It's been tough."

He added: "If an artist can't use real world issues to inspire their art what's the point? Britain's Got Talent has been the stage for so many incredible performances to express so many different kinds of stories.

"Black Lives Matter, long before it was anything political, was a statement. Black Lives Matter is a fact. It is and always will be a fact, that's what I stand by and what every single one of my team proudly stands by."

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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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