BGT's Nabil Abdulrashid laughs off backlash after 'political' routine

‘I’ve kept Ofcom from being made redundant!’ BGT’s Nabil Abdulrashid brands himself a ‘hero’ as he laughs off backlash… after sparking 2,055 complaints with ‘political’ routine

Britain’s Got Talent’s Nabil Abdulrashid has laughed off the backlash sparked by his political routine as he branded himself a ‘hero’ on Tuesday. 

The comedian took to Twitter to joke he’s kept ‘Ofcom workers from being made redundant’ after his performance in Saturday’s final sparked 2,055 complaints.

Despite the backlash Nabil has brushed off the controversy by insisting he came on the show to ‘make a point,’ and some viewers have praised his performance for ‘pushing boundaries.’

What backlash? Britain’s Got Talent’s Nabil Abdulrashid has brushed off the controversy sparked by his political routine as he branded himself a ‘hero’ on Tuesday

No drama here! The comedian took to Twitter to joke he’s kept ‘Ofcom workers from being made redundant’ after his performance in Saturday’s final sparked 2,055 complaints

Laughing off the drama Nabil tweeted: ‘I’m just happy I’ve kept workers at Ofcom from being made redundant. I’m a hero and should be appreciated from my contribution to the economy.’

As of Monday, BGT had been hit with more than 2,000 complaints over Nabil’s ‘political’ jokes about race in the final.

During his routine, the comedian addressed his previous performance getting 733 Ofcom complaints and Diversity receiving 24,500 for their Black Lives Matter inspired performance as he hit back at critics. 

Controversial: So far BGT has been hit with over 2,000 complaints over Nabil’s ‘political’ jokes about race in the final

Sadly Nabil missed out on being crowned BGT champion, finishing in fourth place, with singer Jon Courtenay winning the series. 

Taking to the social media platform following his defeat, Nabil said: ‘Thanks for all the support guys. Didn’t get the ”W” today but don’t worry.. the marathon continues. Love you all #teamnabil #nabilarmy I came to make a point and I think I did.’ 

Nabil wrote: ‘Lol if it’s any comfort to fans.. I was only 0.2 percent away from top 3 lol I can say I came fourth.’

The TV star, who uploaded an image of himself with Little Britain’s David and Matt Lucas from backstage, also shared his delight over becoming a ‘household name’.   

Defiant: Despite the backlash Nabil has brushed off the controversy by insisting he came on the show to ‘make a point’

 

After the final on Saturday Nabil took to social media to say: ‘Thanks for all the support guys. Didn’t get the ‘W’ today but don’t worry.. the marathon continues’ 

He added: ‘I’m tweeting this now to tell you, don’t be upset that I didn’t win. I wasn’t meant to.. please don’t say I was robbed! It wasn’t mine to be taken. The real prize for me is your live and support as well as the experiences gained and doors opened

‘Please don’t troll anyone on my behalf and don’t make any bad remarks about the wonderful acts in the top 3 I’m sure all our paths will cross again.. in a year when most comics aren’t working I’m now almost a household name. Alhamdulillah.

‘Lastly.. whatever you do.. do it with all your effort and be yourself! I would rather fall short of the prize but stay true to me and what I represent than water myself down or change to win. So my material did it ‘cost me’ victory… 

‘Tell you what else I am proud of? After years of flying under the radar I am now being followed by some of the very comedians who made me take up comedy in the first place as well as authors and political activists who have inspired me.’ 

MailOnline contacted an ITV representative for further comment at the time.

Not this time: Sadly Nabil missed out on being crowned BGT champion following his final performance, and finished in fourth place

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