Muslims are backing Lily Allen in a row with a ‘counter-extremist’ on Twitter

Lily Allen / Maajid Nawaz
Afroze Fatima Zaidi

Musician Lily Allen has been fending off trolls after she got into a debate about ‘Asian grooming gangs’ on Twitter. It started when Allen described a report by anti-extremism thinktank Quilliam as “utterly useless”, based on critique she had read elsewhere:

The founder of the organisation, Maajid Nawaz, didn’t take too kindly to Allen’s criticism:

And Allen ended up blocking Nawaz’s account:

The Muslim response

Muslim Twitter has, by and large, sided with Allen. Not least because both Quilliam and Nawaz have lost credibility within the Muslim community:

Critique

While Nawaz accused Allen of abusing her “privilege”, he’s had little to say in response to critique of the report in question:

The bigger picture

Ultimately, Allen went on to clarify her motives for sharing concerns about the report:

Also, and quite importantly, Allen reminded us that systemic abuse of women and children is not limited to any particular culture:

Twitter beef certainly has its entertainment value, especially when a celebrity is involved. But this time, it was positive to see that Allen used her platform to spread an anti-racist message.

You may not be my saviour, Lily Allen, but I’d invite you for chai over Maajid Nawaz any day of the week.

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