Ofcom rejects 3,000 BGT complaints relating to comedian Nabil Abdulrashid

Ofcom has rejected more than 3,000 complaints made about Britain’s Got Talent comedian Nabil Abdulrashid.

The funnyman’s jokes about race and religion during the ITV show had irked some sensitive viewers, with his Black Lives Matter-inspired routine in the final prompting some 2,000 to reach out to the television watchdog.

Before then, Nabil’s quips in his semi-final performance triggered almost 1,000 people. Yep, really.

Addressing their decision not to investigate, a spokesperson for Ofcom said: ‘The comedian’s satirical take on his life experiences as a black Muslim was likely to have been within audience expectations.’

In his initial performance, Nabil had joked about being mistaken for Big Narstie in his local supermarket.

He also said how his ‘white liberal left-wing friend’ told him to ‘forget he was black’ so that he wouldn’t be subjected to racism.

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In his final routine, Nabil referred to the Ofcom complaints he’d been hit with.

‘I am glad we are here, I thought we wouldn’t make it,’ Nabil began by saying. ‘A lot of complaints, they complained because we said, Black Lives Matter.

‘Thousands of complaints. To be honest with you, I’m shocked that many of them know how to write. They sent thousands of angry letters, hopefully, if I annoy them today, they can progress on to words.’

He continued: ‘They wrote complaints about me, that’s what upsets me. What have I said to offend anybody? You think I came out here and said something really inflammatory like Winston Churchill was black – by the way, he was. I can prove it. When was the last time you saw a white man named Winston?’

Nabil also responded to the number of complaints on Twitter.

‘I’m just happy I’ve kept workers at Ofcom from being made redundant,’ he penned. ‘I’m a hero and should be appreciated for my contribution to the economy. @Ofcom you’re welcome.’

Earlier in the series, the Diversity routine sparked more than 24,000 complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

Britain’s Got Talent is available to stream on the ITV Hub.

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