Ashley Banjo tearful after Diversity win award for BLM dance that sparked complaints – The Mirror

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Ashley Banjo got emotional as he thanked fans for their support after Diversity won the Must See Moment gong at The British Academy Television Awards for their moving Black Lives Matter dance routine

The lead star of the dance group, 32, took to the stage tonight at the 2021 ceremony and collected the shiny prize.

He appeared tearful as he told fans just how much their votes meant, and how their incredible support made a difference after the 2020 Britain’s Got Talent performance struck up more than 24,000 Ofcom complaints – which the watchdog rejected.

It was only around four minutes long but sparked outrage from members of the public after it aired on September 5 last year.

Ashley Banjo accepted the award for Diversity's incredible BLM dance
Ashley Banjo accepted the award for Diversity’s incredible BLM dance
(Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Ofcom stated it wouldn’t investigate the routine as the dance didn’t raise issues that warranted examination under its broadcasting regulations.

Speaking to the crowd, he said: “This is so much more than just an award, thanks to everyone who voted for us, it means so much. Thanks to everyone who stood by us. Every phone call, text, comment, you guys made a difference to what was a really dark time, being in a storm of 30,000 complaints and a torrent of racially charged abuse. It was a dark time but that support made a difference.

“And in a way I have to say thank you to the people that complained. You showed the truth, you showed why this performance and this moment was necessary. But for all of those people, take a look. This is what change looks like.”

The group performed an emotional dance in 2020 on Britain's Got Talent as part of the BLM movement
The group performed an emotional dance in 2020 on Britain’s Got Talent as part of the BLM movement
(Image: ITV)
Ashley was tearful as he found out they had won
Ashley was tearful as he found out they had won
(Image: BBC)

Ashley added: “I am so proud and thankful to be standing here and so thankful.

“Lets keep having those difficult conversations and keep standing up for what is right.”

Diversity fans took to Twitter to share their praise after the group bagged their well-deserved award.

He thanked the fans for their support
He thanked the fans for their support
(Image: BBC)

One person wrote: “Well done @AshleyBanjo @Jordan_Banjo @Diversity_Tweet well deserved crying with happiness for you #VirginMediaBAFTAs.”

A second penned: “Congratulations Diversity Great speech @AshleyBanjo #VirginMediaBAFTAs.”

A third fan added: “After 30,000 complaints and all the abuse @Diversity_Tweet have won the #VirginMediaBAFTAs for an award voted by the general public!! Absolutely brilliant!! Well done. #BLM.”

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