Singer Lily Allen has responded to the BBC pay revelations, which show the corporation’s top male presenters are paid more that their female colleagues, saying:
‘Women are literally better at everything than men, why do you think we are so oppressed ?’
‘But that doesn’t mean that I believe men shouldn’t have equal rights’.
Responding to criticism on twitter, Ms. Allen said:
‘OK, men are better at selling things people don’t need and starting wars. Women are better at humane things’.
These comments come after the BBC published a list of their highest paid presenters, which showed Chris Evans was on £2.2 million, while Claudia Winkleman was on £450,000, leading to accusations of a gender bias.
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Following the BBC publishing how much their biggest stars get paid, Lily Allen took to Twitter to blast the apparent gender pay gap at the corporation – but received a backlash from fellow users for her outspoken comments.
The Smile creator circumvented her feelings on Wednesday, the same day that it was revealed that two thirds of male top-tier talent at the corporation were earning £150,000, compared to just a third of women.
However, Lily’s comments have not been met lightly, after she took to the platform and tweeted:
‘Women are literally better at everything than men. Why do you think women are so oppressed?’
The Fear creator’s remarks have riled men and women alike, who claim her comments were the opposite of feminism.
The furor follows a Radio Times article that Lily retweeted, in which BBC Director General Tony Hall apologised openly about the gender pay gap that exists at the corporation.
An huge amount of criticism came flooding towards the singer, with one user, William Inglesfield, saying: ‘This is a pretty TERF attitude, assigning concrete attributes to either gender is not progressive. That’s not what feminism is about.’
Lily then shot back with a tweet that accused the user of ‘mansplaining’ – a term often used to describe when men ‘explain’ topics to women in a derogatory or patronising manner.
‘Ta for the mansplain on feminism, but I didn’t bring it up. I believe women are better at most things that men,’ she wrote.
However, Lily then appeared to backtrack from her comments, tweeting:
‘But that doesn’t mean that I believe men shouldn’t have equal rights #feminism.’
After much back and forth, many Twitter users were keen to point out the error of her comments.
Meanwhile, commentators are discussing whether the pay reveal had caused BBC producers to draft in the first female Doctor Who.