Ashley addresses Diversity Ofcom complaints after Nabil Abdulrashid's routine

Ashley Banjo laughed off Diversity's recent Ofcom complaints on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent when he responded to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid's 'political' routine.  

The talent judge, 32, told the virtual audience he 'knows what it's like to get a few complaints' after Nabil joked about about Winston Churchill being black and made several other references to race in his performance at the final. 

Many viewers took to Twitter to brand the performance 'too political' for a Saturday night show while others branded it 'unfunny' and a 'rant'. 

Joke: Ashley Banjo laughed off Diversity's recent Ofcom complaints on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent, telling the virtual audience he 'knows what it's like to get a few complaints'

Joke: Ashley Banjo laughed off Diversity's recent Ofcom complaints on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent, telling the virtual audience he 'knows what it's like to get a few complaints'

Ashley's joke was a reference to his dance group Diversity's recent Black Lives Matter inspired routine which received 24,500 complaints from the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, who went on to defend the performance. 

The act saw group leader Ashley have a white man's knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year. 

It comes after Nabil already received 733 complaints objecting to last week's routine, which also saw him tackling racism in his act. 

In his performance on Saturday Nabil began his divisive act with a pretend press conference introduced by newsreader Charlene White, with the comedian then answering questions from journalists.

Opinions: The talent judge, 32, made the quip in his feedback on comedian Nabil Abdulrashid's routine where he joked about Winston Churchill being black and made several other references to race

Opinions: The talent judge, 32, made the quip in his feedback on comedian Nabil Abdulrashid's routine where he joked about Winston Churchill being black and made several other references to race

Defiant: In response to his performance Ashley said: 'I know what it's like to get a few complaints!'

Defiant: In response to his performance Ashley said: 'I know what it's like to get a few complaints!'

In response to the complaints about Diversity's BLM performance he joked that the backlash proved climate change was real, because 'how else do you explain so many snowflakes in October?' 

He then joked that racists had written hundreds of letters to Ofcom to complain - but he was more just surprised 'that they could write'. 

As part of his act he also asked what colour Churchill's statue is and questioned how many white men are really named Winston. 

In response to his performance Ashley said: 'I know what it's like to get a few complaints! There are two ways you can react, you can bend to pressure or you can be unapologetically yourself. 

'And it's pretty obvious to me which one you chose! It's not even about being black it's about being unapologetically you.'  

Reaction: Fans of the show were quick to respond on Twitter, with many writing that the act was far too 'political'

Reaction: Fans of the show were quick to respond on Twitter, with many writing that the act was far too 'political' 

Routine: Nabil's act also poked fun at the assumptions people make about Muslims and the protests which saw a statue of former slave owner Edward Colston toppled in Bristol

Routine: Nabil's act also poked fun at the assumptions people make about Muslims and the protests which saw a statue of former slave owner Edward Colston toppled in Bristol

Fans of the show were quick to respond on Twitter, with one user writing: 'Well this is controversial!!! @Ofcom get on this!! This is

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