Allen has apologised to child refugees on behalf of the UK
Lily Allen has told a critic of her apology on behalf of the UK to child refugees in Calais that their ‘grandchildren will be apologising for you and your hatred in years to come – just like the Germans do for the Nazis’.
This week, Allen made headlines after appearing on the BBC for Victoria Derbyshire’s show when she met children staying at the migrant ‘jungle’. Among the 1,000 youngsters living there without parents, Allen met with a 13-year-old boy who fled Afghanistan where he says ‘the Taliban were trying to kill me’.
After he unveiled the extent of his ordeal and that he would try to smuggle his way into the UK after authorities would take too long to process his move, the ‘Smile’ singer broke down in tears and said: “At three points in your life [the UK] has put you in danger. We 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. I apologise on behalf of my country, for what we’ve put you through.”
Allen has spent much of the last 24 hours defending herself and her actions against critics and online abuse, telling Twitter “it’s not about me or my life, it’s about the lives of children”.
Now, after one critic Tweeted “the antics of that no mark @lilyallen !! Where the F does she get off apologising for the UK! Not in my name, you idiot!”, the singer replied with “your grandchildren will be apologising for you and your hatrid in years to come.just like the Germans do for the Nazis.”
Allen has also urged her followers to donate:
Allen’s trip to the Calais refugee camp was organised by Help Refugees UK. You can donate to the cause here.
Meanwhile, Ed Harcourt, Carl Barat, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Magic Numbers head up a benefit gig for child refugees in London next month.