Diversity's Ashley Banjo has been spurred on by the 'hate' he received

‘I’d do it 100 times over!’ Diversity’s Ashley Banjo says he has been spurred on by the ‘hate’ he received following BGT performance after BLM dance routine received 24,500 complaints

Ashley Banjo has admitted he has been encouraged to ramp up his Black Lives Matter campaign following the ‘hate’ he received over his Diversity routine.

The Diversity dancer, 32, said he would perform the same routine 100 times over, despite the fact it received 24,500 Ofcom complaints, making it the most complained about TV moment of the year.

Ashley revealed that although the routine sparked backlash, it also started a dialogue which lasted weeks as he dubbed it the one of the ‘most impactful conversation starters the country has ever seen’.

An absolute privilege producing this film for @ashleybanjogram and @diversity_official  Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent performance was one of the most complained about television moments of the decade. It very quickly turned into one of the most impactful conversation starters the country has ever seen. “This was so so necessary”. Complete admiration for Ashley for being a symbol for standing up for what’s right and what you believe in. I’m proud to have brought this film to life. So much love to all of Diversity and everyone that’s supporting. ❤️

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Sharing a new video about the controversy surrounding the routine, Ashley thanked his fans for their support over the past few weeks, while also admitting he will ‘never forget’ the hate that he has been subject to. 

Alongside the clip, he wrote: ‘One of the most complained about moments of the decade? Yes… But also one of the most impactful conversation starters the country has ever seen.

‘I’ll take that… And I’d do it 100 times over.’

Discussing the complaints the routine received, he said: ‘I don’t think we anticipated the level at which this would cause a sort of uproar.

Encouraging: Ashley Banjo has admitted he has been encouraged to ramp up his Black Lives Matter campaign following the ‘hate’ he received over his Diversity routine

‘To be the second most complained about television moment in the last decade pretty much 25,000 people took a time to fill out a form and complain that came as a bit of a shock.

‘If the fact black lives matter makes you feel uncomfortable you have to ask yourself why.’ 

‘That four minutes it caused hours, weeks worth of conversation,’ he said.

Standing strong: The Diversity dancer, 32, said he would perform the same routine 100 times over, despite the fact it received 24,500 Ofcom complaints, making it the most complained about TV moment of the year

‘Not everyone will always like you, not everyone will always agree with you.

‘Stand by what you believe in and speak up for it because if you do you can make change.’ 

Britain’s Got Talent recently became the most complained about TV show of the decade, with complaints about comedian Nabil Abdulrashid, Diversity’s performance and Amanda Holden’s daring outfits.

 Powerful: Ashley revealed that although the routine sparked backlash, it also started a dialogue which lasted weeks as he dubbed it the one of the ‘most impactful conversation starters the country has ever seen’

After Nabil’s routine judge Ashley Banjo said: ‘I know what it’s like to get a few complaints!’ His joke was a reference to Diversity’s recent Black Lives Matter inspired routine. 

ITV ‘stood with Diversity’ as they featured adverts in national newspapers in support of the controversial dance while Ofcom announced they will not investigate the complaints any further. 

The act saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year. 

Reaction: It comes after Nabil received 733 complaints objecting to last week’s Britain’s Got Talent routine, which saw him tackling racism in his act (pictured) 

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. 

‘Love you all #teamnabil #nabilarmy I came to make a point and I think I did.’

On Sunday, the media personality revealed he came in fourth place on the show, just 0.2 percent behind Steve Royle. 

Routine: Diversity’s performance saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year

Support: ITV ‘stood with Diversity’ as they featured adverts in national newspapers in support of the controversial dance while Ofcom announced they will not investigate the complaints any further

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’.  

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

 

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’ 

‘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. 

Routine: The funnyman, 35, divided viewers with his routine during Saturday’s final with some branding the performance ‘too political’ for a family show while others praised him for ‘pushing boundaries’

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