Outspoken Lily Allen has taken to Instagram to hit out at the lyrics of 1740 song Rule, Britannia, sparking outrage on social media in the process.
She uploaded to her Instagram story to share her thoughts with her 1.3million followers.
The Smile singer said: "I think we should not read this song anymore," before sharing the lyrics on her profile too.
Her post read: "Sorry what? Britannia rules the waves… Britons never, never, never shall be slaves. The nations, not so blest as thee, Must in their turn, to tyrants fall, while thous shalt flourish great and free. The dread and envy of them all."
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People have since flocked to Twitter to share their outrage, instead saying Lily's own back catalogue of music should be ignored.
One said: "Couldn't give a f**k, I love the song. It's one of our national treasures. Lily Allen can f*** off!"
Another wrote: "Lily Allen can get bent. 'Banning' rule Britannia? You don't get to ban music because you don't like it. Her music would be among the first against the wall!"
While a third sarcastically said: "Why does Lily Allen want to ban Rule Britannia? Surely just apologising for it on behalf of a nation like when she was in Calais would have been enough to secure the media limelight she craves?"
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However others seemed to be in agreement with the 34-year-old and took to Twitter to defend her.
One said: "Wow, Lily Allen has really triggered the gammon hordes with her comments about Rule Britannia. Not that they're delicate little snowflakes that get offended by someone expressing an opinion or anything. Perish the though."
And a second added: "Lily Allen is right. It's a terrible song and the only people who like it are pompous g*ts. Finally shaking off our pride in our imperial past will make our future brighter."
- Lily Allen
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