MORE THAN 1,900 complaints have been submitted to Ofcom over an episode of Britain’s Got Talent in which Alesha Dixon wore a BLM (Black Lives Matter) necklace.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge wore the gold necklace during an appearance on the ITV show on Saturday.
It sparked a debate online and was the subject of the majority of more than 1,900 complaints made to the broadcasting regulator.
An Ofcom spokesman told the BBC: “We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.”
While the star’s choice of jewellery has sparked a substantial amount of formal complaints, there has also been a lot of support for her on social media.
“Imagine being so angry about a necklace you actually take the effort to complain,” one commenter tweeted.
“If you’re more upset about Alesha Dixon wearing a BLM necklace than you are about the continuing unequal treatment and killing of black people, then you are part of the problem and you need to educate yourself,” one Twitter user said.
The backlash against Dixon’s show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement comes after more than 24,500 complaints were made to Ofcom over a performance which referenced George Floyd’s killing and the anti-racist movement.
In the routine, Diversity’s lead dancer, Ashley Banjo, lies on the ground as a white dancer dressed as a police officers kneels on his back.
Following the complaints, some of which accused the routine as being “racist towards white people” Ofcom said it would not be investigating the performance.
“In our view, Diversity’s performance was an artistic expression of topical social issues and did not contain any content which was racist, unsuitably violent or otherwise inappropriate in the context of this programme,” a statement issued by Ofcom said.