British pop star Lily Allen found herself being labelled a racist this morning over a tweet that was totally not racist.
“I hate it when black cab drivers spend the entire journey on the phone. I WANTED A CHAT,” she tweeted.
The backlash quickly flooded Lily’s @mentions.
— Kabaddi Enthusiast (@aboycalledyoung) August 1, 2012
@lilyrosecooper that's a bit racist…white cab drivers are the same!
— kelly parkinson (@kelly_parkinson) August 1, 2012
I smell a racist RT @lilyrosecooper: I hate it when black cab drivers spend the entire journey on the phone. I WANTED A CHAT !
— Nwanlecha (@Gochicc) August 1, 2012
@lilyrosecooper woooaahhh pretty racist there!
— Mac (@sezmacleod) August 1, 2012
But Lily wasn’t referring to the driver’s race; she was talking about the color of the cab he drives. (Black Cab is to London as Yellow Cab is to New York City.)
When I said 'black cab drivers' I was referring to the colour of the cabs rather than the drivers themselves,OBVIOUSLY. *rolls eyes*
— lily (@lilyallen) August 1, 2012
Oh those cultural differences.