Alesha Dixon BGT complaints

BGT hit with over 1,000 Ofcom complaints over Alesha Dixon’s necklace after Diversity backlash

It comes after the Diversity backlash

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BGT is facing a further 1,675 Ofcom complaints after Alesha Dixon wore a Black Lives Matter necklace.

More than 24,500 people complained about Diversity‘s BLM-inspired dance routine on the show.

Now nearly 1,700 have complained about the programme after judge Alesha wore a gold necklace, which had the initials BLM.

Alesha Dixon sparks Ofcom complaints
Alesha Dixon’s necklace sparked Ofcom complaints on BGT (Credit: ITV)

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Ofcom speak out about BGT complaints

According to The Sun Online, a spokesperson for Ofcom said the majority of complaints were due to the singer’s jewellery.

They said: “We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules.

“But are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”

Meanwhile, last week, Ofcom confirmed they will not be investigating Diversity’s powerful performance.

The dance troupe narrated the death of George Floyd, among other recent events.

Ofcom confirmed they will not be investigating Diversity’s powerful performance (Credit: YouTube/ITV)

What did Ofcom say about BGT?

They said in a statement: “Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects.

“In our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity.

We will not be taking this case on to formal investigation.

“Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic of recent global events.”

In addition, they said: “There was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation.

“But rather a message that the lives of black people matter.

The BGT routine referenced the death of George Floyd (Credit: YouTube/ITV)

“We will not be taking this case on to formal investigation.”

Meanwhile, their decision came after ITV backed Diversity over the backlash.

Read more: BGT: Ashley Banjo ‘never prouder’ as ITV offers solidarity over Diversity performance

An ITV spokesman said: “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show…

“…which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms.

“ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity’s performance on BGT.

“Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain.

“Their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues…

“…and events which have affected society in 2020.”

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