British singer Lily Allen sparked anger online after she declared only having been “sexually assaulted by white male”‘ during a heated Twitter exchange about the New Year Eve’s terrorist attack in Turkey with former far right movement leader Tommy Robinson.
The row began after the 31 year old singer took issue with a headline from British tabloid The Daily Mail calling the main suspect in the Turkey nightclub attack that claimed 39 lives a ‘”migrant.”
Allen accused the paper of fearmongering, stating that the gunman’s name and country of origin were not known when the article was published, which meant that they could not have claimed his immigration status with certainty.
— Lily (@lilyallen) January 1, 2017
Tommy Robinson — former leader of the English Defense League, a far-right protest group opposing what it sees at the spread of Sharia law in the UK who now leads anti-Islam group Pegida UK — immediately criticized Allen for her tweet, calling her a “f*****g idiot” who was “virtue signaling” rather than caring about those who had died in the attack.
The pair then carried on exchanging jabs with Robinson saying that Brexit had happened because of privileged celebrities like Allen who pushed their politically correct agenda without taking into account the fears of working class people. He then claimed having to live in a “safe house because of Islam”.
Thanks for brexit @lilyallen your ignorance definitely played its part
— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) January 2, 2017
At one point, alluding to gangs of Pakistani men accused of grooming and sexually exploiting under-age white British girls across the UK, Robinson asked her: “Have you ever met or spoke to a victim of the Muslim grooming gangs, you don’t need to go Calais to hear horror stories.'”
To this, Allen replied: “I’ve only ever been sexually assaulted by white males so I feel slightly biased.”
She later added: “People need to realise the reality of how white males and their attitudes towards our laws continue to threaten our values and communities.”
This particular comment was met with both support and disdain by Twitters users, some of whom called her “racist”.
One, Graham Dickens, wrote: “If your (sic) trying to educate people that a race isn’t at fault for everything why would you do that by blaming another race (sic)?
Another one, apparently offended, suggested that “police should just lock up all white males as it seems we do everything evil in this world” to which Allen responded ” That’s a bit strong, but restricting their movement on a global scale could be a good idea.”
That's a bit strong, but restricting their movement on a global scale could be a good idea. https://t.co/f9z2I5ueRs
— lily allen (@lilyallen) January 1, 2017
— Simon Legree (@ABC11330175) January 2, 2017
— Andy Yacoub (@yandysuff) January 1, 2017
.@lilyallen "Only ever been sexually assaulted by white males?"
But then, you don't live in the inner city, do you, Lily? pic.twitter.com/AiGhs1J03t
— Michael Graham (@Ironwand) January 2, 2017
The pop-star later explained that she was “trying to point out that sexual deviants and murderers operate within every culture”.
Lily Allen, an outspoken supporter of open borders, sparked controversy earlier this year after she apologized on behalf of the UK to an Afghan child during a highly publicized visit to the Calais Jungle in October.
In a video published by the BBC she said accepting responsibility on behalf of Britain “for what we’ve put you through” before saying that she would “100%” take in a refugee herself.
She is yet to show evidence for making that promise.