Following BGT backlash, Ashley Banjo posted a photo on Instagram yesterday that reveals a very specific detail about his children – and it’s spread a really powerful message.
The Diversity star has been under fire recently after his dance troupe made a political performance on Britain’s Got Talent that has received many complaints accusing them of ‘racism’.
However, Ashley has fought back against these claims by involving his children, and revealing a particular aspect of their appearance.
Who are Ashley Banjo’s children?
Ashley Banjo married his wife Francesca, a dancer and talent manager, back in 2015 after being together since 2005.
The pair have two children together, a one-year-old daughter called Rose and a newborn son called Micah Grace who was born in March at the start of lockdown.
Ashley often features both of his children on his Instagram, captioning posts with either #MicahDiaries or #RoseDiaries.
Ashley reveals his kids have different skin colours in Instagram post
Ashley posted a photo on Monday (September 14th), that has gained a lot of social media attention.
The photo shows his two children in a pushchair, and himself sitting next to him. But it wasn’t the adorable image that caused a stir – it was actually the caption.
Ashley uses his children to spread a powerful message about racism. He said:
“There’s been a lot of negativity recently so I thought I’d lighten the mood 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.”
The Diversity star commented on the fact that one of his children is white and one is black, and says that he wants to “confuse the racists” – which all relates to backlash following Diversity’s Britain’s Got Talent performance.
Diversity are under fire after BGT performance
The 2020 series of Britain’s Got Talent has started up again after it was paused due to the outbreak of Covid-19, and Ashley Banjo is filling in for Simon Cowell as a judge in the semi-finals following Simon’s serious back injury.
His dance troupe, Diversity, performed on the first semi-final episode, and the performance has received a lot of backlash online.
Their dance was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year, with one scene featuring himself being handcuffed by a whilst police officer – something which received many Ofcom complaints.
However, Ashley has simply decided to laugh off the complaints, proving to fans that he is not ‘racist’ by showing the different skin colours of his two children.