Diversity Praised For Powerful Britain's Got Talent Performance Inspired By Black Lives Matter

The routine featured a police officer kneeling on lead dancer Ashley Banjo and the group taking a knee.

Dance group Diversity have won praise for their powerful performance on Saturday night’s Britain’s Got Talent, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The routine saw a white police officer kneel on star and temporary BGT judge Ashley Banjo, echoing the killing of Black man George Floyd, while other dancers performed with police riot shields.

The first half of the performance was set to a spoken word poem The Great Realisation by Tomfoolery, which reflects on the coronavirus lockdown.

Diversity on Britain's Got Talent.
Diversity on Britain's Got Talent.

The narration then continued: “But while we all were hidden, under orders of the Prime Minister, people dusted off their instincts and noticed something more sinister.

“Another disease, deep rooted in our system, fear, hate and ignorance, but racism was the symptom.”

As Ashley lay on the floor while the police officer handcuffed him, other dancers crowded around with smartphones as if to film and take photos of the incident.

The narration continued: “What we thought we knew, some clearly didn’t. Black Lives Matter.”

The group, who won the talent show in 2009, then all took a knee before the song Black Lives Matter by Dax began, which features the lyrics: “I can’t breathe,” the last words uttered by George Floyd.

Afterwards Ashley referred to the performance as a “remix” of the Tomfoolery poem.

He had hinted at the performance ahead of time, writing on Instagram: “Tonight is a big night… The First live semi final on the panel of @bgt and the first TV performance of the year for @diversity_official all in one moment.

“We only had 5 days to prepare, but we put our heart and soul into this one. I hope people are ready – We’ve got something to say.”

Viewers rushed to praise the performance on Twitter...

Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturdays on ITV at 8pm.


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