Ofcom has received 1,675 complaints from viewers after Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon wore a statement Black Lives Matter necklace during Saturday’s pre-recorded show.
Alesha Dixon, who is of Jamaican heritage, wore a necklace consisted of three chains with the pendants spelling out ‘BLM’, and also shared a picture of herself wearing it on her Instagram. The former Mis-Teeq rapper received mixed messages of abuse and support on the photos she shared on social media.
“Alesha, as always you look amazing…. but your necklace actually made me so proud to support you and all that you stand for tonight. You are such an inspirational woman. Keep doing what you do,” one person commented.
“You absolute legend! Your necklace is everything!” fellow singer Paloma Faith commented, while The Good Place actor Jameela Jamil called Dixon a ‘queen’.
Ofcom hasn’t decided yet if it is going to investigate the complaints about the necklace issue. In a report published by The Sun, a spokesperson said that they are assessing these complaints against the broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.
While Dixon hasn’t responded to the complaints, she commented on one of her pictures thanking people for their nice messages.
“Thank you for the positive comments & to those that lead with love I see you!” Dixon commented.
“So much respect for you Alesha. Standing up for what you believe in isn’t going to be easy but someday hopefully you will look back and be glad you did your bit for a better future for your children and generation,” another person commented.
The incident follows the broadcasting watchdog receiving 24,000 complaints about dance group Diversity’s performance addressing the BLM movement on September 5. Despite the complaints that were filed, Ofcom chose not to investigate the matter. ITV later released a statement saying it stood with Diversity.
After the group’s controversial performance on September 5, Dixon shared ITV’s statement, applauding it for its position saying: “Well done @itv for standing with Diversity! Proud of you! This image is in all of the national newspapers today.”