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Black Lives Matter inspired dance routine nominated for BAFTA

Last year, dance troupe Diversity performed a routine on Britain's Got Talent inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. This led to a tremendous amount of controversy and a high number of complaints. The routine has now been nominated for a BAFTA as one of TV’s must-see moments of 2020.

Reno Charlton
· 2 min read

Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has enjoyed significant attention across the world after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officer Derek Chauvin.

Not long after the murder, dance troupe Diversity, headed by Ashley Banjo, performed a dance routine on Britain's Got Talent. This was inspired by the BLM movement and referenced Floyd's killing when Ashley Banjo lay on the stage and a white dancer knelt on him as part of the act.

An unexpected nomination

The routine sparked outrage among some, with both ITV and Ofcom flooded with complaints and vast amounts of controversy arising. The story dominated the press, while to the shock of no one, Piers Morgan was involved in a controversial debate about the routine on Good Morning Britain.

Following the performance, there were 24,500 complaints made to Ofcom. However, the regulator said that no broadcasting rules had been broken.

Banjo himself defended the routine, stating the group wanted to express how people felt after the events. The routine was set to a powerful soundtrack and, according to Banjo, was an expression of people's emotions sparked by not only the murder but also the global battle with Covid-19.

Other nominations for the Must-See TV BAFTA include scenes from Bridgerton and Eastenders, reactions on Gogglebox to a news conference held by Boris Johnson, and a scene from Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat. A scene from the Mandalorian has also made the nominations for the award.

The inclusion of the controversial routine from Diversity will perhaps be the biggest surprise of all for many people.

Those who want to vote for one of the nominees including the Diversity act have until 24th May to register their vote.

Reno Charlton

Reno Charlton

Reno Charlton has been writing since 2003. She has worked with a diverse client base around the world, across a variety of subjects and industry areas, specialising in lifestyle and health & wellbeing niches. In addition to her online work, Reno is also a published author and has written several children's books and short stories.