British pop singer Lily Allen has shot back at critics, after being berated for her recent comments regarding child refugees. Allen could be seen apologising on behalf of the UK in a recent BBC production, much to the displeasure of a number of UK citizens.
Lily Allen has had a fairly love / hate relationship with the British press, since she first arrived on the music scene back in 2006. Allen’s breakthrough single ‘Smile’ hit the number one spot in the UK, and made the then 21 year old and overnight celebrity.
As early as 2007 Allen was viewed as a controversial figure. She made numerous jibes about other musicians including Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue, and was arrested in London for assaulting a photographer. Allen was also described in the media as ‘loutish’ after allegedly being drunk during a number of live festival performances.
Recently, Lily Allen has received a great deal of sympathy from the general public following her widely publicised struggles with a stalker. The man eventually broke into the singer’s house and has since been convicted.
Allen finds herself at the centre of another controversy this week following her emotional short documentary made for the Victoria Derbyshire show. The production focused on Allen’s conversations with a number of child refugees in the port city of Calais, France. During one of these conversations with a young boy from Afghanistan, Allen stated: “I apologise on behalf of my country, for what we’ve put you through.”
The apology has been met with a huge critical backslash both in the tabloids and on social media. One twitter user posted: “the antics of that no mark @lilyallen !! Where the F does she get off apologising for the UK! Not in my name, you idiot!”
Allen has since replied with what many are calling an extremely over the top reaction, stating: “your grandchildren will be apologising for you and your hatrid in years to come.just like the Germans do for the Nazis.”
Expect further developments of this story over the coming week.