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Ashley Banjo shares pic of his kids saying ‘one's white and one's brown – that should confuse the racists’ after BGT row

ASHLEY Banjo has shared a picture of his two kids and joked it would "confuse the racists" as "one child is brown and one is white".

It comes after Britain's Got Talent sparked 22,000 complaints over Diversity's Black Lives Matter performance last week which featured imagery of George Floyd's death.

BGT judge Ashley, 31, has been battling a wave of criticism from trolls since and admitted he wanted to "lighten the mood" with a photo of his adorable children, 19-month-old daughter Rose and five-month-old son Micah, who he has with his wife Francesca.

In the snap Ashley sits on a step in a park while Rose and Micah are seen in their double buggy.

Their dad raises his eyebrows in the photo, wearing blue jeans, a suede jacket and violet boots teamed with a pale jumper.

Ashley captioned the shot on Instagram: "There’s been a lot of negativity recently so I thought I’d lighten the mood with a picture of me completing some dad duties…

There’s been a lot of negativity recently so I thought I’d lighten the mood with a picture of me completing some dad duties… One child is brown and one is white 🤯… That should confuse the racists 👀😂 #diversity #family

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"One child is brown and one is white 🤯… That should confuse the racists 👀😂 #diversity #family"

His wife, who he married in 2015, commented beneath the post: "Funny yet factually accurate"

Another fan wrote: "I can’t understand why in a piece which was about 4 minutes long, how a 30 second segment at the beginning has become the main focus. It was about the s**t show that is 2020, it included the pandemic as wel. It was a good depiction of the hot mess we are all suffering!!"

Ashley's post comes after Piers Morgan rallied behind Diversity earlier today, telling Good Morning Britain viewers to "wake up or stop watching" as he raged over the thousands of complaints.

The presenter fumed after reading people's objections to BGT and Ofcom over the thought-provoking dance.

Piers told viewers if they can't "handle" the dance they should stop watching the ITV breakfast show – because he agrees with Diversity.

The journalist said: "If you can't handle that without feeling the need to never watch BGT again or to complain to Ofcom, there's something wrong with you. You, you're the problem. You're part of the problem.

"By the way, if you don't like me saying this, then don't watch us either. Don't watch Good Morning Britain. Because I agree with Ashley Banjo and Diversity. And if you can't handle it Britain, wake up."

Diversity’s powerful performance is now the second-most complained about TV moment in a decade.

Ashley revealed earlier this week that he had received a barrage of abuse over the performance.

Piers fumed about people complaining about the dance – stressing that they are "artists" performing a dance.

He said: "What are you complaining about? George Floyd, a black man in America who died when a white policemen put a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Two and a half of which he was unconscious. A moment that horrified the world.

"Diversity, who won on one of the years I was judging the show, are a brilliant dance troupe. They are artists."

He added: "We're getting a load of extraordinary reaction. Joy on Facebook: 'I will not watch BGT again ever.' Why not Joy? You can't deal with them doing performance art as a black dance troupe? About the seminal moment involving racism of the year. That offends you? It's that that offends you? Not the death of George Floyd?

"Maria on Twitter: 'The public don't have to enjoy this just because ITV put it as entertainment'. You don't have to enjoy it. You can appreciate the art. You can appreciate the power of what they did.

"Jules on Facebook: 'The fact is love it or hate it, BGT is an entertainment show, it's not a platform for a broadcast for the BLM party.'

"There is no BLM party. They are not saying they stand by everything the BLM organisation represents. They are saying a black man died at the knee of a policeman for nine minutes on camera and repeatedly said 'I can't breath'.

"And they wanted to highlight this and say that it mattered to them as a young, British black dance group."

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