Ashley Banjo laughed at Diversity's recent Ofcom complaints at Saturday's UK Got Talent final as he responded to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid's routine.
The 32-year-old talent judge told the virtual audience he knew what it was like to get a few complaints after Nabil joked about the show becoming one of the most deplored TV shows of the decade.
During his routine, the comedian dated his previous performance and received 733 Ofcom complaints and Diversity 24,500 for beating critics back.
Defiant: Ashley Banjo, as pictured, laughed at Diversity's recent Ofcom complaints at the UK's Got Talent final on Saturday as he responded to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid's routine
Nabil shared the routine with viewers, with some calling the performance "too political" for a family show on Saturday night, while others praising him for "crossing borders".
In his Saturday appearance, Nabil began his split by addressing his and Diversity's Ofcom grievances.
Referring to climate change and the people who have complained, he said, "How else do you explain so many snowflakes in October?" He also said he was surprised that complainants could even write.
Speaking of his own Ofcom drama, he said, “That's what upsets me about what I said to insult someone.
Complaints: The 32-year-old talent judge told the virtual audience he knew what it was like to get a few complaints after Nabil in-picture joked about the show becoming one of the most complained television shows of the decade
Answer: In response to his performance, Ashley said of Diversity's 24,500 Ofcom complaints, "I know what it's like to get some complaints!"
“You think I got out of here and said something really flammable like Winston Churchill was black. By the way, he was! & # 39;
According to the routine Ashley said, & # 39; I know what it's like to have some complaints! There are two ways you can react: you can bow to the pressure, or you can not apologize to yourself.
“And I'm pretty clear which one you chose! It's not even about being black, it's about not apologizing. & # 39;
Split: Nabil shared the audience with the routine, with some calling the performance "too political" for a Saturday night show while others praising him for "crossing borders".
While fellow judge Amanda Holden also commented on the backlash she received on the show after a daring dress sparked 235 complaints.
Ashley's joke was a reference to the recent Black Lives Matter-inspired routine of his dance group Diversity, which received 24,500 complaints from broadcaster Ofcom.
ITV "stood by with diversity" as they ran ads in national newspapers in support of the controversial dance, while Ofcom announced that it would not investigate further.
Group leader Ashley had a white male knee on his neck, indicating the death of the black man George Floyd earlier this year.
Reaction: Some fans of the show were quick to react on Twitter, with many writing that the act was way too "political".
Nabil's routine was shared by fans with some who complained that it was too "political" for a family show on Saturday night, while others praised him for "taking risks".
One person wrote: & # 39; Well this is controversial !!! @Ofcom keep going !! This is not a comedy @BGT This is not a talent! That's not funny !! & # 39;
Another said, "Not at all funny, just a political joke," as someone else replied, "When did BGT become a platform for political views?"
Others, however, gave the routine more positive feedback, saying, "This act is actually important to the show, nothing too political. When you are pressured, you just can't handle your #BGT privilege being challenged."
Another wrote, “So many people have complained about Nabil's set saying it was offensive … yes, he used comedy to highlight real problems, and if it made you feel uncomfortable / appalled / offended, the problem lies with you and not with his action! #bgtfinal & # 39 ;.
Praise: Others, however, gave the routine more positive feedback, with some viewers praising the comedian for “pushing boundaries”.
Alesha Dixon said in her positive feedback that he crossed the line while Amanda said he was funnier than in his semifinals.
It comes after Nabil received 733 complaints protesting last week's British Got Talent routine combating racism in his act.
The 35-year-old funny man delighted the judges with his act in which he joked about racism. At one point he joked about his "white liberal left friend" telling him to "forget he is black" so that he wouldn't be exposed to racism.
During his performance, he also quipped, “The people watching will think it's one of the guys from Black Lives Matter who jokes about Stop and Search.
“No, it's a joke about being fat. Big Nastie and I are both fat, we both happen to be black too. Don't throw the racing card guys in! & # 39;
Routine: Referring to climate change and the people who have complained, he said, "How else do you explain so many snowflakes in October?"
The judges were impressed with his performance. Alesha, 40, commented, “I really enjoyed it. The reason I picked you as my golden buzzer is because you are pretty nervous that you are different and that you are that guy.
"It's okay to be a little uncomfortable with comedy. I think that's what comedy is about, and I think you are very brave to deal with the issue of racism, which is very poignant right now."
She continued, "I think we all need to learn to laugh a little more and have fun, so well done it was great."
Ashley, who recently admitted that he and his colleagues at Diversity were subjected to racial abuse after appearing in the show's first semifinal, called Nabil's act "legendary."
Strike back! While fellow judge Amanda Holden also commented on the backlash she received on the show after a daring dress sparked 235 complaints
Reaction: It comes after Nabil received 733 complaints against Britain's Got Talent routine last week in which he fought racism in his act (pictured)
After being elected to the finals, Nabil was emotional, claiming he was glad he made it because it "meant a lot" as he represented a lot of people.
Nabil later revealed that he received death threats after his act of mocking racists generated 733 Ofcom complaints.
After the show, he tweeted: "Funny how I made fun of left-handed people too, but so far they haven't wished me dead or sent abuse. Hmmm, who were the snowflakes again?"
Routine: Group leader Ashley had a white male knee on his neck, suggesting the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year
He also wrote: “I promise not to joke about racism or Islamophobia in my finale if I don't experience racism or Islamophobia by then.
& # 39; Do you want to complain? Ok, I'll give you something to complain about. Tune in on Saturday. "
Britain's Got Talent is the most deplored television show of the decade.
Support: ITV stood with diversity as advertisements ran in national newspapers in support of the controversial dance, while Ofcom announced that it would not investigate further
Complaints: Britain's Got Talent has complained the most about the TV show of the decade. Amanda's classy dress (pictured) received 235 Ofcom complaints
The ITV talent show generated a whopping 28,000 Ofcom complaints from that series alone, with the Black Lives Matter-inspired routine of diversity generating the most criticism.
While viewers also complained about Amanda Holden's classy dresses and controversial auditions from attendees.
In the current series, which ended on Saturday, 27,898 people filed official complaints with the media regulator, with the amount jumping ahead of the previously most criticized show, Celebrity Big Brother.
On Channel 5's now-defunct reality show, 25,372 people protested Ofcom after actress Roxanne Pallett wrongly accused actor Ryan Thomas of maliciously beating her.
In the finale on Saturday, the musical comic Jon Courtenay was the first Golden Buzzer act to win the British Got Talent.
Winner! In the finale on Saturday, the musical comic Jon Courtenay was the first Golden Buzzer act to win the British Got Talent
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