British Music Community Reacts to ‘Brexit’ Results
The U.K. has voted to secede from the European Union, narrowly approving the so-called "Brexit" referendum and prompting a wide array of reactions from British celebrities concerned with fallout from the decision.
The NME reports that Blur frontman Damon Albarn was among the quickest to decry the poll results from the stage, telling the audience at his June 23 show, "I have a very heavy heart today. To my mind, democracy has failed us, because we were ill-informed. And I just want all of you to know, that when we leave here, we can change that decision. It is possible."
Albarn's comments ended on a more hopeful note than those expressed by many of his contemporaries. Johnny Marr told Twitter followers that he had "never been more happy to be in the minority" and added, "No one ever said that the majority know what they're doing. All the more reason for the rest of us to stick together." Lily Allen offered an even darker point of view, posting a series of distraught tweets that included the observation, "Well, millennials. We’re really, really f---ed."
The poll results have already had a negative impact on British stocks, and there's widespread concern that departure from the EU will have a disastrous effect on the U.K.'s entertainment industry. But not all entertainers came down in support of staying in the Union — Who singer Roger Daltrey, for one, expressed public support for the "Brexit" initiative, saying, "The only way we're going to get the Europe that we want is to get rid of this bunch of f---ing useless wankers that are running it."
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