More than 10,000 people have complained to media watchdog Ofcom about Saturday’s Britain’s Got Talent, which featured a Black Lives Matters-inspired routine by dance troupe Diversity.
The dance saw Ashley Banjo being knelt on by a police officer, a reference to George Floyd’s death in police custody.
Brother Jordan said on Wednesday that the response was “sad, genuinely”.
ITV said the performance opened up “important topics of conversation” and “was compiled for a family audience”.
The number of complaints about the episode has shot up from 1,121 on Tuesday to 10,267 on Thursday. Ofcom said “almost all” relate to Diversity.
Ashley Banjo has explained that the group had wanted to use the routine to “express how the events of this year have made us feel”.
Jordan and Perri Kiely, two other key members, spoke about the performance and complaints on their Kiss breakfast show on Wednesday.
“It was really important, it was special to us, and we’re all about positivity and love, and we got so much positivity and love back from this one,” Jordan said.
“But we also got bombarded with messages and articles and horrible stuff about all of us, about our families, about how even now Diversity isn’t diverse enough because there’s only five white people in it.
“I can’t speak for anyone else, but it’s sad. It’s sad, genuinely. I feel anxious and worried saying something like black lives matter when that’s all we want, man. It’s just love and positivity. No-one’s saying only black lives matter.”