Piers Morgan slams BGT viewers for threats to Ashley Banjo over powerful Diversity danceby Charlotte Tutton, https://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/charlotte-tutton/
Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid took aim at any Britain's Got Talent viewers planning on boycotting the ITV talent show, over Diversity's recent powerful performance during the semi-finals.
Ashley Banjo and his dance group performed a moving routine referencing the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month, also referencing the death of George Floyd in America earlier this year.
But the group were faced with thousands of complaints made to ITV and Ofcom about the routine, and a series of abusive messages online from those who did not think the dance was "appropriate".
While the incredible performance moved viewers to tears and earned heaps of praise, some viewers took it upon themselves to complain online and even abuse the stars of the dance group over it.
After BGT judge Ashley made a video addressing recent events following the performance, Piers decided to share his support on GMB on Monday.
He slammed those viewers taking offence to the routine, saying they were "part of the problem".
Piers began reading out comments to the segment live on air, before hitting back at some of the claims from the viewers.
He then decided to give those viewers a piece of his mind, asking what it was about the performance and what it reflected that they found to offensive.
He shouted: "What are they complaining about? I'm serious, what are you you complaining about?
"George Floyd was a black man in America who died when a white police officer put his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes... a moment that horrified the world."
He went on: "Diversity are a brilliant dance group, they are artists."
Piers then read out some comments about people refusing to watch BGT, and others from people who didn't find the dance appropriate.
He asked: "It's that that offends you? Not the death of George Floyd?" before responding to another comment: "You don't have to enjoy it you can appreciate the art, it's powerful what they did."
Susanna agreed, before calling out those people who targeted Ashley with threats over the routine.
Piers then told those who didn't like it to boycott GMB too as they were not welcome.
He said: "If you can't handle that, there's something wrong with you. You are the problem, you're part of the problem you see?
"By the way, if you don't like me saying this don't watch us either, don't watch GMB as I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity, and I think what they did was brilliant. If you can't handle it Britain, wake up."
Susanna added: "If you think it's an excuse to send Ashley and Diversity abuse and threats, there is something wrong with you."
Piers then concluded: "Ashley, we are behind you, keep going," adding he was "very proud" of how far the group has come since winning BGT back in 2009.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.