Emotional Ashley Banjo fights back tears over 'dark time' amid racist abuse as Diversity's BLM dance wins Bafta
EMOTIONAL Ashley Banjo fought back tears over the 'dark time' amid racist abuse as Diversity's Black Lives Matter dance won a Bafta.
The dance troupe's routine on last year's Britain's Got Talent received over 30,000 complaints.
Meanwhile Ashley, his brother Jordan and his fellow performers also received horrific abuse online, and Ashley made reference to that "dark time" as he accepted the award for Must-See moment at tonight's ceremony.
Taking to the stage with his younger brother, Ashley, 32, gave a passionate speech.
His voice full of emotion, he said: "I'm in bits man, this is mad. This is so much more than an award.
"I want to say first thank you to every single person who voted for us, it means so much.
"Thank you to everyone who stood by us, every phone call, text, comment, DM, you guys made the difference to what was a really dark time.
"Being in the storm of 30,000 complaints, just a torrent of racially charged abuse, threats, all of it, it was a very dark time, but that support made a difference."
He then surprisingly thanked the social media trolls and haters, saying: "In a way, I have to say thank you to the people who complained, to the people who did put all that abuse out there online, because you showed the truth.
"You showed exactly why this performance and this moment was necessary."
As he touched his award, he continued: "But for all of those people, just take a look, because as much as there are so many conversations and so much that needs to change, this is what change looks like.
"I am so proud to be standing here and so thankful to all of those people and for me, this is about not representing the minority, it felt like we weren't at the time, but standing here right now, this represents the majority."
Ashley then finished his speech with a request for people to continue pushing for change and equality.
He said: "So thank you all, so, so much and let's keep having those difficult conversations and let's keep standing up for what's right regardless of the colour of our skin and we will achieve that equality."
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