Lily Allen Angers Christian Groups With Faux-Nativity Performance
The controversial gig went down at Brixton's O2 Academy
According to the British newspaper the Independent, pop star Lily Allen has found herself in a spot of trouble after she recreated a nativity scene as part of her Brixton, England concert over the weekend. Reports claim that Allen — whose most recent album, Sheezus, was just named one of SPIN’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014 — rolled around in a faux-manger stuffed with hay while biblical representations of donkeys and gifts danced behind her at the O2 Academy.
A conservative member of Parliament, Martin Vickers, told the Independent that “this could be extremely offensive to many Christians. It is important that all religions are given the respect they deserve and I can certainly understand why some Christians believe their deeply held views are being squeezed out.” Stephen Green, a spokesperson for the religious advocacy group Christian Voice, said in an Express interview: “It is tasteless, it is disrespectful and it is crass.”
Allen’s only take on the matter came in a tweet after the show:
— lily (@lilyallen) December 13, 2014
Can’t we all just bake a cake and get along? It’s almost the holidays, after all.