Ashley Banjo has said his Black Lives Matter dance routine from Britain’s Got Talent has even caused divisions in his own family.
The Diversity star fronted an emotional Black Lives Matter-inspired performance for the show that told the story of the killing of George Floyd and featured a dancer dressed as a police officer kneeling on his neck.
Sparking more than 25,000 viewer complaints to Ofcom, it made Britain’s Got Talent the most complained-about show of 2020, but Banjo has always stood by his routine and said he is proud of it.
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Now he has told The Star that there were even some difficulties very close to home.
He said: “Even among my own family and friends the performance sparked conversation. There has been some negativity with my family. There was division.
“People didn’t directly disagree with the performance but there was a conversation about if it was really necessary. I saw it happen in my own household.
“And there are people who normally talk to me but suddenly we haven’t spoken at all. Silence says a lot.”
Adding that he got “hundreds of messages a week”, he said he didn’t believe those trolling him would be brave enough to say the same thing to his face.
Banjo said the reaction “fires me up” and that he thought it was important to use the platform of his fame to prompt important conversations.
Talking about how he planned to make the most of his appearances on TV, he said he was going to use his fame to raise awareness of important issues, whether everyone agreed with it or not.
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