Viewers have criticized the BBC for “forced” "politics" into London's controversial New Year's Eve light show after 300 BLM fist drones shone across London's skies in EU colors.
Thousands of night owls eager to say goodbye to a miserable 2020 which is set on BBC One to watch the much-anticipated tapping.
But indignant British criticized the show as "ridiculous" after the drones were shaped like a fist of the Black Lives Matter and a turtle with Africa on its shell – alongside the NHS logo and a depiction of Captain Sir Tom Moore in the sky.
The fist – which has become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement that conquered the globe this year – first appeared when artist George the Poet read an excerpt from his poem Coronavirus: The Power of Collaboration in a spoken word.
The writer, who last year rejected an OBE for the “sheer evil” of the British Empire, read: “The future holds unsolved danger, but not stress. Humanity is no stranger to progress. And as we have proven, progress in collaboration follows quickly. & # 39;
Many also pointed out that the opening lights and the first shape to appear over the Millennium Dome – a blue and yellow bird – were in the colors of the European Union on the day Britain officially left the EU.
Several viewers took to Twitter to voice their criticism, and one person wrote, “I can't believe the London fireworks. BLM, all about change, new ways … never seen so many politicized cops ***. & # 39;
Viewers have called London's controversial New Year's Eve light show "politicized cops ***" after 300 drones shaped like a BLM fist and shone across London's skies in EU colors
Viewers criticized the display as "ridiculous" after the drones first took the form of a Black Lives Matter and a turtle with Africa on the shell, alongside the NHS logo and a depiction of Captain Sir Tom Moore in the sky
The 300 drones lit the night sky and wrote NHS with a green heart around them when fireworks broke out at the Millenium Dome in London
During the exhibition, a bird appeared in the sky – relating to the Nightingale Hospitals building – after a clip stated on a news bulletin: "Buildings were lit in blue, the color of the NHS."
Many have wondered why the bird (pictured) was also yellow in its wings on the night Britain left the European Union for good
Many also pointed out that the opening lights (pictured) and the first shape that appeared over the Millennium Dome – a blue and yellow bird – were in the colors of the European Union on the day Britain officially left the EU
London's New Years Eve exhibition also featured Captain Sir Tom Moore in lights when fireworks broke out
Another said the show "went well" but the organizers "just had to force politics".
While it is unclear who organized or arranged the show, criticism has come from both London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the BBC.
The exhibition also contained an excerpt from a poem by New Zealand-born Tomos Robertson, called Tom Foolery, titled The Great Realization.
When fireworks lit the sky, one narrator read: “In 2020 a new virus came our way. We knew what to do and to help ourselves we hid.
& # 39; Old habits died out and they made way for the new. And every simple act of kindness was now due. & # 39;
Seconds later, a bird appeared in the sky – referring to the Nightingale Hospitals building – after a newscast clip stated, "Buildings were lit in blue, the color of the NHS."
But many have wondered why the bird was also yellow in its wings on the night Britain left the European Union for good.
Towards the end of the show, the shape of a turtle appeared in the sky when Sir David Attenborough said, “Happy New Year. Our planet is unique. A living world full of diversity and wonder. It's also fragile.
& # 39; With a new year comes the opportunity for change. And if we act, we can make a huge difference in 2021. & # 39;
The fist – which that year became synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement that was conquering the globe – first appeared when the spoken artist George the Poet (pictured) read an excerpt from his poem Coronavirus: The Power of Collaboration.
As it proceeds, the turtle changes color and the shape of Africa appears on its shell.
“Together we can turn things around. Together we can restore our fragile homes and bring a Happy New Year to everyone on planet Earth. & # 39;
Mr Khan shared a clip of the BLM segment of the show entitled, "Our New Year's Eve show just sent a loud, proud message to the world: London stands together against racism – tonight and always."
He tagged George the poet, whose real name is George Mpanga, in the tweet. Mr Mpanga opened BBC coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding with one of his poems and his work was supported by the Duke of Sussex.
While many piled criticism on the display, others praised the inclusion of the BLM movement and climate change
Sadiq Khan shared a clip from the BLM segment of the London light show entitled, "Our New Year's Eve show just sent a loud, proud message to the world: London stands together against racism tonight and always together."
LONDON: The brightly lit Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in the capital stood alone as large barriers blocked pedestrians who broke the rules
LONDON: The normally bustling Trafalgar Square in London was eerily deserted and officials put up barriers to keep rule breakers out
EDINBURGH: Scotland's traditional Hogmanay celebrations went online and hit the streets this year (pictured). First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously warned people not to celebrate “responsibly and in accordance with the restrictions”.
EDINBURGH: The city was almost empty today when traditional festivals were postponed online. Only a handful of people walked the streets
LONDON: Pictures of the deserted streets of London this year (The Mall, picture) contrasted sharply with the busy crowds last year (left)
EDINBURGH: In 2019, Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens hosted a major Christmas market and several stages with live music were set up on the city streets (left). However, this year the same streets were almost empty due to Covid rules (right).
LONDON: The street across from the London Eye was packed with revelers looking to catch a glimpse of the fireworks last year (left). Since the display was canceled this year, the same streets were empty (right).
BIRMINGHAM: The streets of Birmingham were empty tonight (right), in stark contrast to the scenes around this time last year (left).
EDINBURGH: The Royal Mile in Edinburgh looked like a ghost town tonight when weary Scots followed government advice and stayed home
LONDON: A man holds up a sparkler in front of the London Eye, in an area usually filled with tickets and waiting for the annual fireworks display
LONDON: Piccadilly Circus was almost empty tonight as revelers stayed home amid the Covid-19 pandemic
LONDON: London's China Town was almost empty tonight when New Year's Eve celebrations were canceled amid the Covid pandemic
LONDON: A couple wearing a mask kiss while holding a sparkler in front of the London Eye. The annual fireworks display will not take place this year due to the corona virus
BLACKPOOL: Blackpool – a traditional New Year's Eve hotspot – was also abandoned by rule-abiding citizens who stayed at home
LONDON: Rows of police vehicles guard near the London Eye, where this year's fireworks display has been canceled to avoid crowds
BIRMINGHAM: The streets of Birmingham were deserted this evening when the New Year's Eve party was canceled due to Covid
BIRMINGHAM: The streets of Birmingham were lit up by lights on New Years Eve as revelers stayed home amid the Covid-19 pandemic
LONDON: Police officers were seen on the streets of London on a quiet New Years Eve with most people staying indoors
LEEDS: Tier 3 town was abandoned this year, only takeaways from bars and pubs are allowed. The night owls celebrate New Year's Eve inside this year
LEEDS: The streets of Leeds were bare tonight when the locals stayed home. Lockdown rules mean that New Year's Eve will look very different for countless Brits this year
Earlier in the evening, fireworks lit the Newcastle sky in an incredible display that was watched by thousands from their windows.
The normally busy Trafalgar Square in London was eerily deserted when the clock struck midnight and officials put up barriers to keep rule breakers out.
But some Londoners seemed to be shoving their luck earlier in the evening, when crowds gathered in Piccadilly Circus and on Westminster Bridge.
Under Tier 4 rules, only two people from different households can meet outdoors, but the police spoke to at least five people.
Scotland's traditional Hogmanay celebrations went online this year. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously warned people not to celebrate “responsibly and in accordance with the restrictions”.
She added, “To be clear, and I take no pleasure in saying this, this means no gatherings, no house parties, no first steps. Instead, we should bring 2021 into our own homes with just our own households. & # 39;
LEEDS: Locals in Leeds had to greet the New Year with alcohol from licenses as pubs and bars stayed closed
LONDON: Piccadilly Circus was almost empty tonight as night owls were banned from attending loud New Year's parties due to Covid
LONDON: A street musician is performing in front of a handful of people in Covent Garden on New Year's Eve this year as the lockdown rule brings normal gatherings to a standstill
EDINBURGH: The streets of the Scottish city were empty tonight. Christmas lights and brightly lit shops cast an eerie glow on the sidewalk
LONDON: Soho's normally busy streets were almost empty tonight as London's bars, pubs and restaurants remain closed
EDINBURGH: Locals were walking past a closed pub in Edinburgh as the online Hogmanay celebrations take place this year
LONDON: Buckingham Palace in London was deserted tonight – in stark contrast to last year – when night owls chose to stay home instead
CARDIFF: The streets of Cardiff were empty tonight – unlike last year – as the country remains under high alert
LONDON: Police in London guard custodians who break rules on New Year's Eve while the city remains under Tier 4 lockdown
CARDIFF: The streets of Cardiff are usually a hotspot for avid New Years Eve friends. They were empty this year due to lockdown
LONDON: A trio of police officers watch over Leicester Square this evening as two pedestrians walk past. The government is hoping people will stick to Tier 4 rules and celebrate New Year's Eve at home
LONDON: Parliament Square is empty except for a few police officers standing guard near a gate. People across the country celebrate New Year's Eve differently this year and have their celebrations at home
LONDON: Two police officers are speaking to a group of people tonight as Tier 4 restrictions mean New Years Eve celebrations must be in your own home instead of celebrating
LONDON: The London Eye looks lonely in central London this evening. The usual New Year's Eve crowds are advised to stay home and celebrate safely
NEWCASTLE: There are some people standing outside a restaurant on Newcastle & # 39; s Quayside tonight. Some of them are holding drinks and enjoying them
LONDON: Police officers and stewards can be seen in Piccadilly Circus on New Year's Eve in an almost deserted London
LONDON: People are standing outside a pub that is open for take-away drinks on New Years Eve. London is in Tier 4, which means pubs are take-out only
LONDON: The mall that led to Buckingham Palace in London was almost deserted when New Years Eve parties were closed under Covid's rules
GLASGOW: The party hotspot Glasgow was also empty tonight as the night owls were asked to celebrate at home this year
GLASGOW: Hogmanay in Scotland went online this year to ensure that there are no large crowds gathering in violation of Covid's lockdown rules
ISLES OF SCILLY: Unlike the rest of the UK, Isles of Scilly locals have been pictured having a New Years Eve drink in the only three pubs in England that are open tonight
ISLES OF SCILLY: There are usually around a dozen pubs in the archipelago, but some are closed this year so punters will have few options to greet in 2021 (some night owls are pictured) but more than on the mainland
ISLES OF SCILLY: The island's 2,000 residents (some night owls pictured) are the only part of England that is still in Tier 1. All other parts of the country have moved to levels 3 or 4
Blackpool – another traditional New Year's Eve hotspot – has also been abandoned by rules-abiding citizens who stayed at home.
Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff also saw near-empty streets when Covid-aware locals stayed inside.
Meanwhile, at Primrose Hill, revelers gathered in their outdoor household groups to watch the fireworks from the people in the garden break out over the city skyline.
In stark contrast to the rest of the UK, Isles of Scilly locals have been portrayed having a New Year's Eve drink in the only three pubs in England open tonight.
The islands' 2,000 population is the only part of England still in Tier 1. All other parts of the country have moved to levels 3 or 4.
There are typically around a dozen pubs in the archipelago, but some are closed this year so punters will have few options to greet them in 2021, but more than on the mainland.
Although the rules for banning gatherings are clear, there are still thousands plan to attend illegal raves and street parties. According to a YouGov poll, 96 percent of Britons plan to stay home tonight.
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