Alesha Dixon supports Diversity’s BLM-inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent as complaints hit 15,500

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Alesha Dixon has given Ashley Banjo her support after the backlash against Diversity's powerful Black Lives Matter dance routine on Britain's Got Talent.

The mum-of-two said, "They can kiss my black a**", in solidarity to Ashley's post.

In the wake of the negativity the choreographer came up against he took to Instagram and posted an image of himself with Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton with the words: "Dear Joshua and 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."

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Ashley wrote alongside it: "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.

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"3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it #Diversity," he said with a warning.

The dance routine caused a split in viewer opinion, with many praising the choreography that included a reference to the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests.

There have now been 15,500 Ofcom complaints.

Meanwhile, Ashley's wife Francesca Abbott – who is also a dancer – took to her own Instagram to defend her husband's dance routine and said she is proud of him.

She wrote: "On Saturday @ashleybanjogram and @diversity_official performed this routine on @bgt, 11 years after winning the show. To call this a ‘dance routine’ is an understatement to say the least.

"This piece was a take on the unprecedented events of 2020, from Covid 19 to BLM, from clapping for carers as a nation to coming together in our own families and finding the light in the darkest of times.

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"Some may find this uncomfortable, may feel it inappropriate, but shying away from issues is not going to bring about the change that is so long overdue."Watching this I could not be prouder of my husband;

"We are one race, the human race."

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