BBC gets 500 complaints from furious viewers over Black Lives Matter tribute in NYE fireworks display

BBC received 500 complaints from furious viewers over the Black Lives Matter tribute in the New Year's Eve fireworks display.

The broadcaster's internal regulator revealed the most complained about shows between December 21 and January 3.

During the New Year's Eve fireworks display, drones were used to recreate iconic images from throughout 2020.

As well as images of 2021 and Captain Sir Tom Moore, the drones also made the image of a raised fist associated with the Black Lives Matter protests this summer.

Five hundred people complained about the use of this imagery in the fireworks display.

This wasn't the only BLM moment to attract complaints, as The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown episode received 289 complaints.

In the episode, Dawn French's character Geraldine gives a sermon on Black Lives Matter, before taking the knee.

Channel 4 were also hit with 347 complaints over its Christmas message featuring a "deepfake" Queen.

The broadcast saw the objections fly into TV watchdog Ofcom after the broadcast saw Her Majesty dancing and joking about Megxit.

Computer trickery meant that 48-year-old actress Debra Stephenson, who delivered it, looked just like the 94-year-old monarch.

The five-minute fake address, screened after families watched the real Queen deliver a rousing address, also featured gags about Prince Andrew.

Ofcom – the nation's broadcast regulator – has told The Sun that they have received 347 complaints about the address.

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