Singer Lily Allen has criticised the response of the government and the mainstream media to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, telling Channel 4’s Jon Snow that she believes the true death toll was “downplayed” at first.
“I feel like the government is trying to micro manage people’s grieving here, that’s what’s happening. I have never in my life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by mainstream media. Seventeen? I’m sorry but I’m hearing from people that the figure is much closer to 150, and that many of those people are children,” she said during a television interview today.
“Those are off the record numbers I’ve been given from policemen and from firemen,” she added.
Snow responded by saying that he was aware of the fact that the number of confirmed death is likely to mount “very considerably”, but pointed out that difficulties identifying victims may have hindered reporting of the true number of deaths.
“I appreciate the difficulties with identifying bodies, but there are people out here clinging to hope when I don’t think there is any,” Allen later said in a Twitter post.
Challenged on Twitter as to why she was being interviewed about the fire in the first place, Allen reminded her critics that she had been on the scene from early on, helping out with the relief effort.
The 32-year-old, who lives close to the area affected, previously offered beds, lifts and tea to anyone in need.