UK Got Talent fans were embroiled in a row over the politicization of the show after the Diversity dance troupe took the stage last night for a raw performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Led by dancer Ashley Banjo, the former master opened the performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realization by singer Tomfoolery about the BLM movement and the brutality of the police.
During their performance, the group also narrated the death of George Floyd, the died after officer Derek Chauvin put his knee to his neck for almost nine minutes on May 25 in Minneapolis.
However, since then the performance has received mixed reactions from viewers, with some calling the display a "political statement" and others calling the dance "powerful".
While performing on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night, Diversity put on a Black Lives Matter routine and knelt down
One user wrote: & # 39; Shame! Make political statements elsewhere, not on a family TV show. & # 39;
While another commented: & # 39; Wrong time and place. BGT should be a nice entertainment show, not political. I really enjoyed the show and forgot about the world's problems and then a bang!
"So disappointed even though AB was a great judge and his performance wasn't needed."
Another person added, “I had enjoyed it and turned it off by then. It's a talent show, not a political show. & # 39;
Meanwhile, another fan wrote: “So disappointed that this was a political achievement. I didn't expect it at BGT. Not the right performance. & # 39;
During their performance, the dance group, dressed in riot gear, recited the viral poem The Great Realization by Tomfoolery about the BLM movement before a Police officers put a hand over Banjo's throat as he lay on the floor to the song I Can & # 39; t Breathe.
After the performance, Banjo said to MailOnline: & # 39; This performance is very special to me and the rest of Diversity. 2020 was an incredible moment in history for both positive and negative reasons.
“We wanted to use the platform we were given to make our voices heard, express how we felt through the events of this year, and think about how we might look back on them in the future … we name it Review 2020. & # 39;
Some viewers used social media to argue that the performance was a political statement that was not intended for a family show
Elsewhere, other viewers praised the group and the BGT bosses for presenting the problem.
One person wrote: “The television and dance group Diversity performed a prime-time Saturday night routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in which a cop kneeled on the neck of member Ashley & # 39; s Banjo. Powerful. & # 39;
Another viewer added, “What an incredible achievement by diversity – a really bold and meaningful way to get the message out! I am very happy that the team is now so diverse! Awesome! & # 39;
Another fan commented: & # 39; Damn it! The diversity on BGT last night was the best I've ever seen, was so moving and conveyed their story brilliantly. Brought a tear to the eye! Great! & # 39;
Another wrote: & # 39; Wow @Diversity_Tweet just wow! Such a powerful and important message made so perfectly! & # 39;
While another added, "This achievement by @Diversity_Tweet was absolutely amazingly well done, very powerful @AshleyBanjo is phenomenal at putting routines together."
Some British Got Talent fans were moved to tears on Saturday night when Diversity took to the stage with a performance inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement
Led by Ashley Banjo, the former champions performed a stunning dance that reminded viewers of the movement
The dance troupe was dressed in riot gear as they performed a routine narrating the Black Lives Matter movement
The group began the performance by reciting a viral poem, The Great Realization, by singer Tomfoolery
After George Floyd's death earlier this year, thousands took to the streets around the world demanding that the officers involved be arrested for their crime.
Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with second degree murder in June, while officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were also charged with complicity in second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
During Saturday's show, Ashley Banjo stood up for Simon Cowell after missing the semi-finals due to a back injury.
Cowell was forced to retire after breaking his back in a bicycle accident and recovering from a six-hour home operation.
The music mogul has insisted that the producers made the show the best they could, despite the fact that there is now social distancing – and has even hinted that he will actually perform in the October live finale despite being on bed rest.
Before the show's semifinals, when asked if he feared the 2020 series would be a write-off, he said, “Yes, for a moment! But then I thought: "Where there's a will, there's a way!"
Meanwhile, other British Got Talent fans hailed the performance as "powerful" and "amazing".
"I just thought if we can talk to each other around the world about something like zoom, there has to be some way for us to do the live shows."
Cowell underwent emergency surgery in America after the Los Angeles accident earlier this month and is recovering after installing a metal rod in his back.
This year marks the first time the semi-finals have been recorded in BGT history and changes have been made to the way the acts reach the finals.
There are eight contestants in each semi-final, and the judges select one act. The second finalist will then be selected by public vote when the episode airs.
With safety concerns at the fore, some acts will participate remotely via video link while others will perform in the television studio. The reactions of the virtual audience are then transmitted to the studio on a giant screen.
The series will then culminate with the live finals in October, with one act triumphing as Britain's Got Talent 2020 champion, winning the life-changing award of £ 250,000 and a coveted role on The Royal Variety Performance.
In protective clothing, the dancers told the story of police brutality in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement
The group took the stage for a raw performance on the BLM movement and police brutality