Prince Harry backs Diversity's BLM routine on BGT after furious Ofcom backlash

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Prince Harry has jumped in to defend Diversity in the row over their Black Lives Matter-inspired dance which they performed on Britain’s Got Talent last month.

The politically-charged routine sparked more than 24,000 Ofcom complaints but Prince Harry has defended the dance troupe and called it the “most amazing display”.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle chatted to Diversity creator Ashley Banjo “straight after” the dance group was bombarded with abuse for the routine.

The Duke of Sussex told the Evening Standard: “We spoke to Ashley Banjo a few weeks ago, straight after the Britain’s Got Talent situation.

“And that in itself, I am sure even me talking about it will be controversial, but the reality of it is he and his team of guys put on the most amazing display.

Prince Harry backs Diversity's BLM routine on BGT after furious Ofcom backlash
Prince Harry has jumped in to defend Diversity in the row over their Black Lives Matter-inspired dance which they performed on Britain’s Got Talent last month

He added: “We had such a good chat with Ashley. He was really strong, he felt great about it, but at the same time he was concerned because of the reaction.

“It was a real surprise that there was what? 1,100 complaints after the show and then three days of hype it became 20 or 25,000.

“I am very glad Ofcom made the decision that they did but that in itself kind of proves how much this conversation needs to continue.”

During the performance a white actor dressed as a police officer kneeled on star Banjo’s neck.

The politically-charged routine sparked more than 24,000 Ofcom complaints but Prince Harry has defended the dance troupe and called it the “most amazing display”

The choreography, from a show earlier this month, was a tribute to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by cops in Minneapolis in May.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom confirmed recent that it will not formally investigate the performance by Diversity.

The organisation concluded the programme did not raise issues which warranted investigation under its broadcasting rules.

“Its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity”, it noted.

Critics complained that ITV’s prime-time Saturday night entertainment show was an inappropriate platform for a political statement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chatted to Diversity creator Ashley Banjo “straight after” the dance group was bombarded with abuse

An Ofcom spokeswoman 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,” she added.

Stand-in BGT Judge Ashley, 31, responded to the Ofcom decision on Instagram, saying: “Creativity is always a leap of faith.

“All I did what was what felt right and I’d do it 100 times over… Sending love to everyone that stood by us.”

Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV this Saturday at 8pm

Source:Daily Star – TV


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