Lily Allen Insults Americans, Joss Stone Blasts the UK Press

You can’t love Lily Allen without loving her big, ballsy mouth, and for the most part, I agree with her statements about Madonna, Kate Moss, sexism in the music industry, and celebrity body image. Therefore, I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt for her most recent and most immature statement. She’s currently touring our great U.S. of A., but she’s not exactly finding it to her liking:

“It’s all very weird here. They’re all backward in Texas but not as much as they are in Arkansas and Wyoming where I’m going soon. I can’t really speak for the American population – I’m so far away from anything they are and stand for.”

Thankfully, she just issued a retraction on her blog:

The blogosphere is going crazy right now…apparantly [sic] I said that all Americans are backwards in some interview. While some americans probably ARE (every country has a backwards contingent) , That would be a sweeping generalisation and also not true. I think there are some very clever Americans. I don’t actually remember saying these things, but they were said in Texas which is where the SXSW festival was, therefore I must have been very drunk and showing off.

Moving on to another young chanteuse, Joss Stone hits back at the UK press and makes some good points: “It is funny that the only press that has been mean is my home. They are mean and it is not fair. So what if we want to dance on tables? So what? What you going to do about it? Why does that hurt you? It’s crazy. They expect you to be one, indestructible and two, just like not human whatsoever. We are not allowed to have fun or cry or be too happy. You can’t be too happy. You can’t be too sad either. You kind of have to be middling. That is just not real.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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