There was fury today as Diversity’s controversial Britain’s Got Talent Black Lives Matter routine was nominated for a BAFTA despite being the second most complained-about TV moment for a decade.
The awards panel, which accepted an application from ITV, were accused of pursuing a ‘woke, political agenda’ by nominating the dance for the Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award, where it will now go to a public vote alongside five other scenes.
Led by dancer Ashley Banjo, Diversity opened their performance by reciting a viral poem The Great Realisation by the singer Tomfoolery, about the BLM movement and police brutality.
During their performance, the group also narrated the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25 for nearly nine minutes.
Today’s news the scene would be nominated for an award sparked criticism, with one Twitter user writing: ‘Boycott the BAFTAS a totally irrelevant academy, now a pile of rubbish due to Woke, political agenda.’
Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) has been nominated for the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award, it was revealed today
There was fury today over the dance being put up for an award despite it being the most complained-about TV moment for a decade
Mabel Nidd, a second Twitter user, said: ‘It would appear that the Diversity ”Black Lives Matter” dance is up for an award at the BAFTAs regardless of the complaints and the disgust of so many people.
‘Perhaps we should do what America did with the Woke Oscars and simply turn the Baftas off. Eventually they may listen.’
Baron Paquan added: ‘Thanks for the heads up, something else I won’t be watching!! I’d sooner spend a couple of hours de scaling the kettle!!’
Meanwhile, Lisa Kershaw hit out at ITV – which first aired the dance on BGT, writing: ‘You seem to be on a mission to lose even more viewers, carry on at this rate and you’ll end up like the BBC…. on its knees!’
Mark Jones said: ‘This is just gratuitous literal ‘diversity’ by @BAFTA to nominate such obvious opportunism. This demeans the real efforts being made and is a shoddy ploy for publicity.’
And another Twitter user added: ‘It only became a TV moment because of the outrage, without that it would have already been forgotten. Therefore if BAFTA pick their ”best TV moment” on the basis of causing outrage we know how BAFTA feel about the British public. Shaky ground for an organisation that replies on it for support.’
The flood of complaints put the controversial routine just steps behind Celebrity Big Brother’s ‘punchgate’ which received 25,237 objections in 2018, after Roxanne Pallett falsely accused Ryan Thomas of hitting her.
Also among the Must-See Award nominations were Bridgerton‘s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) as the mysterious gossip.
The awards panel were accused of pursuing a ‘woke, political agenda’ with its decision
Other notable scenes singled out for the gong include when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season, helping its titular character and others while they stormed an Empire ship.
The shocking moment Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) was killed by her abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) on EastEnders also got a mention.
Nigella Lawson’s amusing pronunciation of microwave as ‘meecro-wah-vey’ on her BBC2 cooking show Cook, Eat, Repeat was also nominated.
And the hilarious reactions of the Gogglebox cast to one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s press conferences during the coronavirus crisis was also given a nod.
The nominees were chosen from a longlist based on audience viewing figures provided by BARB, social listening data from TalkWalker and vigorous research to represent TV viewing across the country.
Diversity’s dance saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of George Floyd, and sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom