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Brit Awards 2020: Ofcom rejects racism complaints over Dave performance

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Published on March 14, 2020 with No Comments

More than 300 complaints that rapper Dave’s performance at the Brit Awards was racist against white people have been rejected by the UK media watchdog.

Ofcom received 309 complaints about the song Black, which the London musician performed at last month’s ceremony.

But the watchdog said it was “likely to be within most viewers’ expectations of this well-established awards ceremony”.The track’s lyrics include references to “working twice as hard as the people you know you’re better than”.

During his performance, Dave also attacked tabloid coverage of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, criticised the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire, and referred to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “a real racist”. The regulator noted it was “not uncommon for artists to express personal political views during their performances”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the prime minister following Dave’s performance, telling BBC Breakfast, “I know Boris Johnson very well, no way is he a racist, so I think that is a completely wrong comment.”

In its latest update, Ofcom also said it would not investigate 535 complaints about a task on the recent winter series of Love Island. After the show’s traditional “headline challenge”, viewers complained that Paige Turley was led to believe that her boyfriend Finn Tapp had been unfaithful.

The Islanders were asked to read out newspaper headlines with words or names omitted and were tasked with guessing the missing information.

One headline suggested Finn had had his “head turned” while staying in the show’s alternative villa, Casa Amor, with a new batch of female Islanders. He had in fact remained faithful to Paige.

 

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