More than 300 complaints that rapper Dave’s performance at the Brit Awards was racist against whites have been dismissed by media regulator Ofcom.
Ofcom received 309 complaints about the song Black, which the London musician performed at the ceremony last month.
But Ofcom said it was “likely to meet the expectations of most viewers of this well-established awards ceremony.”
The song lyrics contain references to “work twice as hard as people you know better than”.
During her performance, Dave also attacked tabloid coverage of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, criticized the government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire and called Prime Minister Boris Johnson “true racist” .
The regulator noted that it was “not uncommon for artists to express personal political opinions during their performances”.
Interior Minister Priti Patel defended Prime Minister after Dave’s performance, telling BBC Breakfast: “I know Boris Johnson very well, he is by no means racist, so I think this is a comment completely wrong. “
Dave won the album of the year award at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on ITV.
Love Island Complaints
In its latest update, Ofcom also said it would not investigate 535 complaints about a task on the recent Love Island winter series.
After the show’s traditional “title challenge”, viewers complained that Paige Turley had been led to believe that her boyfriend Finn Tapp had been unfaithful.
Islanders were asked to read newspaper headlines, omitting words or names, and to guess missing information.
A headline suggested that Finn had turned his head during his stay in the show’s alternative villa, Casa Amor, with a new batch of island women. He had indeed remained loyal to Paige.
“In our opinion, as a well-established part of the format of this program for testing candidate relationships, it would have met the expectations of most viewers,” said Ofcom.
Paige and Finn ended up winning the series.
Elsewhere, the regulator also dismissed 447 complaints from viewers that advice given by a guest identified as a “breastfeeding expert” on the women released on February 13 was out of date.
“In our view, it was made clear to viewers that his approach to breastfeeding was drawn from his personal experience as a midwife and breastfeeding expert and did not represent official advice,” Ofcom said. “The discussion around women who find it difficult to breastfeed has been treated with sensitivity.”
However, the regulator has confirmed that it is investigating complaints that Sharon Osbourne was heard swearing during an edition of ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Osbourne didn’t realize that his microphone was live when the show returned from a prerecorded segment during his Oscar special on February 10.
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