Lily Allen was the first pop star of note to be plucked from the ranks of MySpace onto a major label (of course, she wasn’t the first artist plucked from the internet into the indie/critic/whateversphere). Nonetheless, as Allen has gotten famous, the nastier comments about her have started to take hold on the fickle beast that is the Internet. Hence, Allen has disconnected herself. Via a Contactmusic:
I don’t own a BlackBerry. Or a computer. I don’t even read emails. I was using the internet in a really destructive way. In the same way as I guess alcoholics and drug addicts have to stop taking drugs or alcohol to see how negatively it affects them.
“I had to stop using the internet completely. If I was feeling bad, I’d look for negative things people were writing about me to substantiate how I was feeling: ‘Look, I am fat and ugly…'”
A reasonable position to take, and one not unprecedented: Juno screenwriter and blogosphere success story Diablo Cody made the same kind of break a year ago, responding to the same kind of negativity.
Certain bloggers of the particularly snarky variety were, predictably, outraged. In his subtly-titled blog post “Lily Allen Is a Moron,” Perez Hilton had the following response:
Lily Allen became addicted to the internet and its negative Lily-fueled content. Although she may have cut herself off from the world, it doesn’t stop her from talking!
Perez Hilton then makes a desperate plea for readers, which is understandable, consider how much Lily Allen-fueled muck he has produced “raked” on the singer.