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Clearly Lily Allen’s embarrassing slip up in her campaign against illegal downloading has had rather severe personal consequences.
The British singer songwriter, launched a public campaign again unauthorised file sharing, but then stabbed herself in the foot when she wrote a blog post detailing her arguments which then, ironically, turned out to be someone else’s blog post she’d copied herself.
Shortly after, she apologised and announced that she would be stepping away from music and today, in an interview with Radio 1, she confirmed it.
Allen also went on to explain how drastically she’d changed her lifestyle, abandoning all forms of geekery at all costs.
“I’ve stopped everything, I haven’t got a computer and I haven’t got a blackberry. I don’t do emails or anything now,” she added.
“I’ve decided to stop being so hypocritical and consume things and pay for them. I buy music in vinyl and buy newspapers. I support the industry I’m in.
“I’m a neo-luddite, that’s how I describe myself.”
For those unaware, a neo-luddite is someone entirely against technology, and while (despite public opinion) Lily Allen’s beginnings were merely a cleverly orchestrated marketing plan to make it appear as though she’d been “discovered” on MySpace, the singer has undoubtedly made her name online. To see her now retreat into a world without it is both sad, and incredibly ironic.
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