The dance group performed on Britain’s Got Talent, and received a staggering number of complaints.
It’s now been announced that the routine is up for best TV moment at the BAFTAs.
It was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the four-minute dance, Diversity showed a dancer playing a white police officer kneeling on the chest of Ashley Banjo.
They designed the performance to echo the murder of George Floyd in the US earlier last year.
During the routine, they also took a knee against racism and police brutality.
After their performance was shown on September 5, Ofcom received around 24,500 complaints from members of the public.
The complaints varied:
- concerns about violence and racism being shown during a family show
- that it expressed support Black Lives Matter
- that it was racist towards white people,
- fears that it encouraged violence against the police.
However, despite the complaints, Media regulator Ofcom said it would not investigate.
They ruled that the dance didn’t warrant examination under its broadcasting rules.
Meanwhile, Ofcom also said it received support and praise for the routine.
Hannah Wyatt is chairwoman of BAFTA’s television committee.
She says: “Television in 2020 showcased the importance of entertainment and demonstrated incredible craft, gripping scriptwriting and brilliant visual spectacles which captivated the British viewer.
“From bringing nostalgic favourites back, to raising awareness about hugely important issues, the shows and moments nominated for Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment Award 2021 reflect our TV habits of the last year and perfectly celebrate the relationship between the TV viewers at home and the people who make it.
“I can’t wait to see who the public choose to be their Virgin Media Must-See Moment winner, in what is sure to be a close contest.”
Comedian Richard Ayoade is hosting the BAFTAs for a second year, and the ceremony will be broadcast on 6 June.
The routine is up for the Virgin Media Must-See Moment Award, and the winner will be decided based on public voting.
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- Nigella Lawson’s mispronunciation of the word microwave on BBC Two’s Cook, Eat, Repeat
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People are bemused that Nigella’s way of saying microwave is also up for the award.
Are you surprised by the choices?
It’s a varied bunch.
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