Amanda Holden and Ashley Banjo

Amanda Holden says she backs Ashley Banjo ‘100 per cent’ amid BGT Diversity backlash

Over 15,000 people complained about the performance

Amanda Holden has said she “backs” Ashley Banjo “100 per cent” amid the backlash against Diversity’s BGT performance.

The dance group has been at the centre of controversy after over 15,000 people complained to Ofcom about their Black Lives Matter dance.

The powerful routine featured backing dancers dressed in riot gear while the group also took the knee during it.

Amanda Holden on GMB - defends Ashley Banjo
Amanda Holden “backs” Ashley Banjo “100 per cent” amid the backlash against Diversity (Credit: ITV)

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It also referenced the death of George Floyd in America by recreating a white police officer kneeling on Ashley.

Amanda has said despite the criticism, the show and dance group received “hundreds of thousands” of positive comments.

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Amanda said on Monday’s Good Morning Britain: “It is extraordinary.

“I think the number of negative complaints means this conversation is right and should continue to happen.

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The powerful routine was praised by many BGT viewers (Credit: ITV)

“What hasn’t been highlighted is that we were inundated with overwhelming, positive responses – hundreds of thousands of them.

“We stand by him and that performance 100 per cent.”

Meanwhile, GMB host Piers Morgan hit back at the criticism on the show today.

Piers defends Ashley Banjo and Diversity

Piers said: “If you can’t handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again or to complain to Ofcom, there’s something wrong with you.

“You, you’re the problem. You’re part of the problem.

Piers Morgan on GMB
Piers slammed the backlash against the performance (Credit: ITV)

“By the way, if you don’t like me saying this, then don’t watch us either.

“Don’t watch Good Morning Britain. Because I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity.

We stand by him and that performance 100 per cent.

“And if you can’t handle it Britain, wake up.”

Ashley recently hit back at “hate” messages following their performance.

He wrote on Twitter: “So much to say… But I’ll just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of love and support – thank you.

Ashley Banjo on BGT
Ashley hit back at “hate” messages and thanked fans for their support (Credit: ITV)

“For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – thank you.

“You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all.”

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Despite the criticism, many viewers felt tearful over the routine and praised the group.

One person said on Twitter: “You are AMAZING – what a powerful message on BGT tonight.

“You had me in tears and here’s to #BlackLivesMatter, let’s keep fighting this fight for equality.”

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