British television dancer Ashley Banjo wants to “confuse the racists” with a new photo on Instagram. The 31-year-old father writes in his article. In the picture you can see his two children sitting next to each other in the buggy. “One child is brown and one is white,” the post continues.
Member of the jury since 2020
Banjo shared the picture online because there has been “a lot of negativity lately.” The 31-year-old is alluding to the controversial performance of his dance crew “Diversity”, which appeared on the show “Britain’s Got Talent”, the British version of “Das Supertalent”. Banjo won the show in 2009 and has been a member of the “Britain’s Got Talent” jury since September 2020. In the current season he appeared again with “Diversity”.
Performance inspired by “Black Lives Matter”
The controversial performance of “Diversity” on September 5th was inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement and thematized racism and police violence. However, that did not please everyone of the five million viewers: So far, more than 21,000 complaints have been made to the British media regulator “Ofcom As reported by the BBC, some viewers criticized that the casting show was not a place for a political statement. The four-minute dance performance of “Diversity” portrayed, among other things, the killing of the black American George Floyd.
On the show, Banjo lay down on the floor while a white man in police uniform pretended to be standing with his knee on the dancer’s neck. Other dancers filmed the scene with their cell phones, as was the case with the killing of George Floyd.
Hate messages after the performance
In addition to positive feedback, Banjo also received a lot of hatred. He writes on Instagram: “For the thousands of messages of hatred and ignorance I received – thank you … you highlight exactly what needs to change.” The media supervisory authority “Ofcom” is currently viewing the thousands of complaints and would like to decide soon whether to initiate an investigation, according to the TV broadcaster “Sky News”. that we met with this performance. ” Racism is real and will no longer be tolerated, Banjo said.