Diversity Addresses BLM Dance Controversy With Powerful BGT Semi-Final Performance
Diversity once again graced the stage of Britain’s Got Talent on Wednesday night and addressed their controversial performance in 2020.
The dance troupe won the talent show in 2009 and returned to the show stage two years after their powerful routine sent out a strong message following the death of George Floyd in America.
The dance at the time focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests following Floyd’s death.
He saw dancer, choreographer and BGT guest Ashley Banjo have her neck kneed by a white policeman before the full band took the knee in the strong statement against racism.
It divided opinion across the nation and resulted in more than 24,500 complaints to Ofcom, but the band were present at Wednesday’s showcase, another riveting performance.
This time the troupe portrayed the message of social media and connectedness, but they once again took the knee in a nod to their much talked about routine as it is displayed on a big screen and let the rain fall.
A voiceover said: “Exposure to this kind of connection can change your whole outlook. It fills you with hope and joy. Sometimes it fills you with struggle and pain.
“You know what I learned, you can’t be mad at the rain. She just doesn’t know how to bring that rain down and sometimes people love you, sometimes they complain.
“You stick with what you believe in if you want to make a difference. Nothing but love for those who have stood by our name.”
Fans of the show were quick to voice their thoughts about the latest performance on social media, with many backing the band.
One Twitter user wrote: “Yet another stellar performance from @Diversity_Tweet. So glad they rolled back this performance where there were a lot of totally stupid complaints. Keep saying it like it’s ok. was #BGT.”
Another praised the band’s decision to stick to their stance, writing, “Big up Diversity for not changing their stance.”
A third agreed and said: “People who find diversity boring or boring to speak out on racial issues have the privilege of not having to worry about these issues in the first place #BGT so glad to have hold on.”
The Britain’s Got Talent final airs on Sunday June 5 at 7.30pm on ITV.