Pop singer Lily Allen faces backlash after breaking down as she apologized to Muslim invader in Calais Jungle “in France on behalf of my country for what we’ve put you through.” The popstar said she would welcome child refugees into her home. “There’s room for people in my house I’m going to take them in.”
UK Daily Mail The 31-year-old became emotional while meeting with a boy aged 13 from Afghanistan, who has risked his life trying to board UK-bound lorries. The teenager, who said his father lives in Birmingham, has been camped at the Jungle on the edge of the northern French port city for two months.
But Allen’s comments led to her receiving abuse online – with viewers claiming her ‘crocodile tears’ and apology were ‘ridiculous’, and that she was ‘so annoying’. The singer later hit back by tweeting that she was only saying sorry to a ‘helpless child for the part this country has played in contributing to his dire situation’.
During her meeting with the boy, Allen told him: ‘It just seems that at three different intervals in this young boy’s life, the English in particular have put you in danger. ‘We’ve bombed your country, put you in the hands of the Taliban and now put you in danger of risking your life to get into our country.
Following the programme, Allen took to Twitter to complain that she was receiving a large amount of abuse for her comments and visit to the camp. ‘A lot of people saying I should be more concerned about cases of migrants raping our own citizens. The backlash also saw her criticised as ‘pampered, coiffured and irrelevant’ and urged to ‘speak for herself, not the nation – she represents nobody’.