The BBC has been hit with 500 complaints from viewers over its Black Lives Matter tribute in the televised New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
The broadcaster’s internal regulator released its latest fortnightly complaints report, covering the festive period.
It said it received 500 complaints about the Happy New Year Live! programme.
Viewers who contacted the BBC said they were ‘unhappy the New Year fireworks display referenced Black Lives Matter’.
As Big Ben rang out to signal the start of the New Year, the drones formed a giant 2021 and fireworks went off by the Millenium Dome.
During the broadcast, viewers watched as drones were also used to create the clenched-fist symbol in the sky.
The symbol became linked with the Black Lives Matter movement amid the worldwide protests which followed the death of Minnesota man George Floyd in police custody in May.
Four police officers were fired following Floyd’s death in police custody.
Horrifying footage showed Floyd lying face-down on the ground begging for air with a white officer’s knee on his neck
At the beginning of the display, a male voice could be heard reciting a poem that began: ‘In the year of 2020 a new virus came our way. We knew what must be done, and so to help we hid away.
‘Old habits became extinct and they made way for the new. And every simple act of kindness was now given its due.’
In a nod to some of 2020’s failures, the drones also poked fun at the year’s endless Zoom calls, creating the words ‘you’re on mute’ above the giant image of a microphone turned off.
The display also featured the sound of the British public applauding NHS workers, clips from national news reports, and music by Stormzy and David Bowie.
Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS by walking in his back garden, was among those honoured.
It ended with Sir David Attenborough calling for people to work in 2021 to help our ‘fragile’ planet.
The 10-minute show used more than 300 drones which were flown around the Millenium Dome after the annual fireworks display at the London Eye was cancelled.
Last year, more than 100,000 people gathered around Victoria Embankment for the New Year’s Eve tradition.
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