Ofcom Rejects More Than 3,000 Complaints over BGT Comedian’s Racism Jokes

Ofcom said it has rejected more than 3,000 complaints it received about comic Nabil Abdulrashid who mocked racists in his performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

Ofcom, the regulator for communications services, also confirmed it will not be launching an investigation into Britain’s Got Talent’s Nabil Abdulrashid. The comedian racked up 3,000 to the broadcasting regular after he made jokes about racism and being a Muslim.

A spokesperson said: “The comedian’s satirical take on his life experiences as a black Muslim was likely to have been within audience expectations. In Nabil’s semi-final performance on October 3rd, he joked about police brutality against black people and mocked “angry far-right guys”.

In his performance in the final on October 10th, Nabil poked fun at the fact that his performances in previous weeks had sparked complaints. He went on to joke about the fact that the backlash proved climate change was real, He said, quote: “How else do you explain so many snowflakes in October? I am glad we are here, I thought we wouldn’t make it. 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. They wrote complaints about me, that’s what upsets me.” he said.

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