BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Nabil Abdulrashid said he “came to make a point” in a defiant tweet after fans thought he was “robbed” in the final.
Fans of the popular ITV talent show were left disappointed when the 30-year-old comedian just missed out on a place in the top three last night.
During his stint on stage, he highlighted various issues in a light-hearted way, including topics such as racism, politics and even the Ofcom complaints that BGT received this year.
Viewers felt let down when the funnyman placed fourth, behind winner Jon Courtenay, Sign Along With Us and Steve Royale.
And many took to Twitter to express their concern about how Nabil was “robbed” of the final.
One angry Twitter user wrote: “”Nabil was ROBBED.”
Another tweeted: “Actually sooo mad that @Nabilu didn’t win@BGT tonight. Honestly one of the funniest and most refreshing comedians out there. These topics need to handled and talked about, they should not just be shut out. Nabil I wish you the best for your career and you are amazing”
A third said: “Hey yo the fact that Nabil didnt win BGT is b******t I dont even watch BGT just happened to see his act and it was amazing??? clever humour and good discussion, deserved the win”
But Nabil took to his Twitter account to reassure fans that he’s not disheartened by placing fourth.
He wrote: “Thanks for all the support guys. Didn’t get the “W” today but don’t worry.. the marathon continues.
“Love you all #teamnabil#nabilarmy I came to make a point and I think I did.”
The BGT finalist was congratulated by judge Ashley Banjo as he ignored Ofcom complaints and went on to deliver more risque racism jokes.
The comic sparked backlash with his semi-final performance last week, which triggered over 700 calls to the TV watchdog – and cruel trolls even sending him death threats.
The Londoner caused upset after mocking racists, which he addressed in tonight’s set in addition to the fury surrounding Diversity’s Black Lives Matter routine on the show last month.
Nabil’s jokes included claiming that climate change is real because “how else do you explain so many snowflakes in October?”.
He also shared his surprise that those who were angry with Ashley’s dance performance were able to write amid reports that they wrote complaints to Ofcom.
Discussing the toppling of former slave owner Edward Colston in Bristol, Nabil quipped that those involved in the toppling were white – evident due to the police not tasering or pepper-spraying them.
Nabil also shared his expectation that he wouldn’t win the show – but if he did, critics would say it was only because he was black.
The entire routine got a rousing reaction from the judges and viewers at home, with Ashley particularly impressed by his defiance.
Addressing the tens of thousands of complaints Diversity’s performance received, the judge joked: “I know what it’s like to get a few complaints!
“There are two ways you can react, you can bend to pressure or you can be unapologetically yourself.
“And it’s pretty obvious to me which one you chose! It’s not even about being black, it’s about being unapologetically you.
“Why would I be afraid of a comedian making us laugh in his own way in his own style? What, because some people might get offended?
“No way, I am proud, and whether people find it funny or not, I am proud that you have had this chance on the Britain’s Got Talent final doing you – and not bowing to the pressure, respect for that.”
In the week, Nabil took to Twitter to open up about his experience with cruel trolls after sparking 722 Ofcom complaints.
He wrote: “Funny how I made fun of lefties too but so far it’s not them wishing death on me or sending me abuse.. hmmm who were the snowflakes again?”
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This series of Britain’s Got Talent has been the most complained about TV show in a decade with a staggering 27,898 complaints – led by Diversity’s Black Lives Matter inspired performance last month.
Jon Courtenay was crowned winner of BGT 2020, got his hands on the £250,000 prize fund and a chance to perform at The Royal Variety show.
He won with an impressive 35.7% of the votes.