Davidson eventually walked out of the ‘no-win’ conversation
在 Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White, which aired on ITV on Tuesday (19 十月), the dancer revealed that Davidson agreed to have a “real, direct, honest” conversation “after weeks of negotiation”.
In September 2020, Davidson, 68, faced backlash after criticising the dance troupe’s performance on 英国达人秀, which paid tribute to Black Lives Matter following the killing of George Floyd.
The former presenter posted a video titled “Who Needs Diversity?”, calling the appearance “ridiculous” and “indulgent”.
Banjo told Davidson: “As far as I’m concerned, that video you made about Diversity it was… it was racist in every way. Every single way.”
Davidson responded: “If I was talking about you it would be personal rather than be racist,” to which Banjo said: “It was both. It was personal and racist. I’m from this country, I love this country, I’m from a mixed-race background.”
这里, Davidson claimed he “supports” Black Lives Matter, 陈述: “I don’t support Black Lives Matter the movement.”
When Banjo asked Davidson if he now believed the video he uploaded to be racist, he replied: “No, you just happened to be black – it was about you.” He also said he didn’t think the performance was appropriate for a “late entertainment show”.
Banjo pointed out to Davidson that it is wrong to mention a black man’s ethnic identity when referring to his crime, which the dancer said he had done in the video. “Why was his colour relevant?” Banjo asked, to which Davidson told him he was “talking b****cks”, 陈述: “Oh Jesus, this is f***ing crazy”.
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Davidson, growing flustered, then accidentally referred to Ashley as “George”, 说: “I beg your pardon; it’s on my mind at the moment.”
He then decided to call time on the interview, calling it a “no-win”.
Removing his microphone and walking out, he told Banjo: “Stick to the dancing; you’re brilliant.”
Disappointed with the outcome, Banjo told Davidson: “Don’t walk out because I’m asking you the hard questions.”
Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White is available to stream on ITV Hub.