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Jordan Banjo insists Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent performance wasn’t about politics or to ‘antagonise’


Diversity delivered a rousing performance inspired by Black Lives Matter on Britain’s Got Talent (Picture: REX/Twitter, @AshleyBanjo)

Jordan Banjo has insisted that Diversity’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent was not about politics. 

The dance crew, led by Ashley Banjo, delivered a powerful routine on BGT earlier this month primarily inspired by the Black Lives Matter to make a statement about systemic racism

While Diversity was supported by many, some criticised the performance for being ‘political’ sparking thousands of Ofcom complaints. 

Addressing the controversy, Ashley told Hello! magazine: ‘All you can really do is go on and speak your own truth. It was a dance piece. No one went on television to be antagonistic or spark a media frenzy. There were no politics.’ 

Diversity star Perri Kiely added: ‘It wasn’t as if we were doing something wrong. We just wanted to get people talking about it.’ 

The dance troupe were overwhelmed with messages of support from stars like Lewis Hamilton and BGT judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, who boldly wore a ‘BLM’ necklace last week in a show of support for Diversity and the anti-racism movement. 

Jordan, 27, recently told Metro.co.uk that the meaning of their performance went beyond Black Lives Matter. 

‘Ash (Banjo) came to us and we were speaking about what performance we should do, how we were going to go about it,’ he explained. 

‘And this is the thing that gets us the most, no one sat at home had said “you know what we’re doing a Blacks Live Matter performance”  we wanted to do a summary of 2020.

‘That was the thing because people missed the point quite a lot. Not even in a negative way.’

He added: ‘I guess you people pick out what they’re passionate about. 

‘Everyone’s got Black Lives Matter, but we talked about the NHS carers, we talked about coronavirus, and you know spreading hope.’ 

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