Ashley Banjo is still being abused on social media nearly two years after Diversity’s BLM dance

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Ashley Banjo speaks to the Mirror about Diversity’s Connected tour and how the famous dance is taking her fans by storm

Ashley Banjo is still being abused on social media nearly two years after Diversity's BLM dance
Ashley Banjo is still being abused on social media nearly two years after Diversity’s BLM dance

Ashley Banjo says he’s still being bombarded by social media abuse, 18 months after his group Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired routine on Britain’s Got Talent.

The dancer’s appearance on Good Morning Britain last week, in which he spoke about the routine, sparked a fresh round of hostility from online trolls.

“It happens all the time,” he says.

“I made this slot at GMB to talk about how life changing it was to win a BAFTA for the routine and I took to Twitter afterwards and it was like a torrent of comments. The negative ones always cut through.”

But the defiant star refuses to bow to the trolls and performs the famous dance across the country as part of the group’s national tour.







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However, he admits he’s still nervous about the reaction to the routine.

“Every night I go down and take this knee and there’s a little part of me that just says, ‘I wonder what’s going to happen’. You just don’t know,” he said.

The routine was well-received by fans, who have flocked to see the group on their Connected tour, which kicked off earlier this month. It includes 79 dates including shows next week at the London Palladium.

“Because of Covid, we never had the opportunity to do this routine in front of a crowd at the time,” said Ashley, 33.







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“We’ve never felt what it feels like. You can only guess what the audience will react to, but you don’t know. Seeing how an audience reacts to that is a whole different feeling.”

Ofcom received more than 31,000 complaints following the force’s BGT appearance in September 2020.

It featured dancers in riot gear and the image of a white man standing on Ashley’s neck, a reference to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The tour runs until June 19th. Tickets are available now from www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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