BRITAIN’s Got Talent judge Ashley Banjo has hit back at Criticism of his controversial Black Lives Matter performance describing some 20k complaints as “Racism & Hate” on Instagram after a whopping 450k switched off in protest over the politicalisation of Saturday Night TV.
The under-fire host shared a message from a social media user who said that he was unable to handle Criticism of Diversity’s performance.
Banjo hit Instagram writing: “No I don’t mean ‘criticism’… I mean ‘Racism’. I mean hate… I mean the very thing that makes every single second of that performance and every single complaint worth it.”
He added: “I didn’t want to even shed light on any of this directly. But here’s just a small selection from the past week. And please don’t worry about or feel sorry for me… Feel sorry for the people that endure this kind of abuse and have no voice or platform.”
“Feel sorry for the people that have been singled out, abused and in some cases murdered because of the colour of their skin.”
On Monday Ofcom revealed to Politicalite that it has received 21,673 complaints in relation to the episode of Britain’s Got Talent on 5 September.
“We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate,” added Ofcom.
“COMPLAINERS ARE MINORITY”
Banjo said Sunday night that viewers angry at the politicisation of prime-time Saturday Night Television were “in the minority.”
Last week’s show had an audience of 5.4 million as viewers tuned in to enjoy the family entertainment programme.
This weeks programme that saw a defiant Banjo walk on stage smirking to “I’m Still Standing”, after a whopping 18,000 complained to Ofcom saw a massive 450k turn off ITV with 4.95 million tuning in, meaning the boycott is working and now the commercial broadcaster may be forced to try to ‘put out the fire’ to avoid an even bigger drop next week.
Ashley, however; took to Instagram to hit back at fans AGAIN telling ITV viewers: “I want to say thank you, for all the people who have supported what me and Diversity did with our performance, they have reached out.”
“Honestly, it is overwhelming, the positive reaction to what we did, hundreds of thousands of messages, comments, DMs and interactions in the street.”
“I know a lot of the press reports have been about the complaints and the negativity, which there has been a lot of – there’s been what 15, 16,000 complaints, a lot of negativity thrown back at the performance.”
“Trust me, I am right in the centre of it and the negativity is the minority.”
“The positive response has been huge, so thank you so much to everyone who has support, shown love and stood by what we did.”
His comments are sure to add more fuel to the fire as more than 18,000 people complain to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.
Fans of the show were left fuming after judges Ashley Banjo and Alesha Dixon ignored the BLM backlash last week and hit back at ITV’s mostly working-class viewers.
Banjo told viewers that “they did not speak for the Great British public” and Dixon told fans of the show that they could “Kiss Her Black Ass!” in comments that sent complaints to Ofcom soaring to 15,000.
Over the weekend even more angry viewers will have complained about the programme with experts predicting that the figure could now have reached 18,000. Ofcom will release more figures on the complaints tally tomorrow.
ITV – that sells adverts and pays its stars based on the number of viewers a programme gets will sure to be sure to have lost millions as the price for a 30-second advertising slot fluctuates based on overnight viewing figures from the Broadcasters Audience Research Board better known as BARB.
Ofcom has said it not yet decided whether to investigate ITV over the backlash.
A spokeswoman for ITV, that is facing an advertising slump and has been kicked out of the FTSE 100 index said: “Diversity’s performance offered their take on the extraordinary events of 2020 opening up important topics of conversation. The show was complied for a family audience.”
ALESHA: “I’LL QUIT IF ITV SAYS SORRY!”
ALESHA Dixon threatened to QUIT Britain’s Got Talent if ITV apologised over the controversial Black Lives Matter dance routine that caused outrage among its viewers and seen thousands complain to Ofcom.
Alesha, who told Brits to “Kiss Her Black Ass” as thousands of people complained to Ofcom over the Diversity routine that was accused of “politicalising prime-time family TV” made the threats as ITV attempted to stem the backlash.
She has now told ITV bosses she will walk off the show if the broadcaster apologises for failing to air a warning before the violent performance, according to reports.
Jamie, from Manchester, contacted Politicalite on social media after hearing that over 3,000 people had complained to Ofcom over the politically charged dance routine.
The young Dad told us: “It was vile and the political violence scared my kid.”
Jamie added: “Kids are already scared enough right now they don’t need this.” He urged others who felt the same to contact Ofcom.
Now complaints have hit a whopping 15,000 and ITV is mulling apologising over failing to air a warning.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Alesha is absolutely furious and doesn’t think anyone should be apologising for anything.”
“Ashley is in a complete state over all of this and it has knocked his confidence. Alesha has spent the week supporting him and building him back up.”
“She is very sad about it all but staunchly stands by the dance. It is something she feels incredibly passionate about so if ITV were to say sorry, it would be understandably hard for her to continue.”
Politicalite contacted ITV, Britain’s Got Talent and Thames TV but received no reply at the time of publication.