Diversity stars reveal they still get hate over George Floyd BGT dance routine

Diversity stars Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely have revealed that they still receive online hate for their George Floyd inspired dance routine they performed on Britain’s Got Talent eight months ago.

The dance troupe performed on the show in September 2020 for a special performance which touched on the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.

The dance sparked 31,000 Ofcom complaints and a mass amount of vitriol towards the dancers which Jordan and Perri have said has continued on,

Speaking to theMirror, Jordan said: “I still get messages and stuff all the time like if I'm going on a TV show or if I am promoting something, they'll be like, 'oh I am not watching that, Banjo the racist is on there.’”

He added that many people assume he and his brother Ashley are the same person.

Jordan said that they expected a strong reaction at first from the performance but then things got “out of hand”, with talk shows on the TV asking "Have Diversity taken it too far?"

Both he and Perri noted that they had also received lots of overwhelmingly positive reactions, but the negative ones were the ones that got to them, especially vile threats.

“There were psychos saying stuff about our kids and saying 'you better watch your back walking outside'. I'm going to do this. We're going to do that.'” says Jordan.

Jordan said that the murder of George Floyd, “shook me to my core” and had a deep, personal effect on him.

He said: “It wasn't the fact that George Floyd was a black guy. That wasn't the case. It was just, it seemed so inhumane. You know what I mean? Like just kneeling on someone who was crying and shouting for help.”

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The pair do not regret the dance, saying they are pleased it kick-started a discussion about racism in the UK but that a lot more needed to be done.

“I think it's going to take a lot more than a well-intentioned dance group doing a performance to change some of those issues,” Jordan says.

“As much as I would like to think we helped towards that, I think the main thing we did was start a conversation… So fingers crossed, we're headed in a better direction.”

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