BGT’s Amanda Holden defiantly defends Diversity over controversial BLM dance

Britain's Got Talent's head judge, Amanda Holden continued to stand by Ashley Banjo and the Diversity crew for their Black Lives Matter performance that led to thousands of complaints.

The 49-year-old, who has been a judge on the ITV favourite since 2006, appeared on the BBC breakfast show in a tell-all interview.

Undoubtedly, the conversation quickly turned to the talent scout competition which had suffered a record number of complaints issued to the Broadcasting regulator this year.

Floods of grievances were raised with Ofcom after Diversity had showcased a police officer applying force to Ashley's neck within the tear jerk routine.

However, it wasn't just Diversity that came into the firing line causing an investigation to be launched but Amanda's outfits too.

Brushing off, her scandalous attire that certainly got people talking, she said: "Yeah I think my outfits, I'm kind of baffled, cause I think there are more important things going on."

The Heart FM host quickly diverted the attention to her fellow judge, continuing: "Diversity, I think started a huge conversation and I was thrilled that as a show and as judges we all stood side by side, with the decision to show it.

"I think it's a great place for people to start talking about really important things and I hope that in five or six years, you know it’s the norm and we don’t even need to talk about it anymore.

"So I felt very proud that we put that into Britain’s Got Talent and it was a celebration of the entire year not just that one very tragic incident so I think that Diversity and Ashley did brilliantly."

The controversial dance, which aired on September 5, racked up an astounding 24,500 complaints that were brought to the Watchdog after the performance.

Despite sparking public outrage, Ashley stood by his decision to perform that particular routine which glazed over some of the tragedies that the year 2020 has seen so far.

Through the art of Dance, Diversity told a story which reenacted the death of US born George Floyd which later led to scrutiny.

After an investigation had been launched ITV came forward to stand in unity with Ashley Banjo and his team, later Ofcom concluded that they would be taking no further action.

They released a statement that read: "We concluded that the programme did not raise issues which warranted investigation under our broadcasting rules.

"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.

"There was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter."

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