Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

    Dua Lipa sparks argument with 'Greater Albania' map tweet


    The British pop star won two Grammy Awards and three Brit prizes


    British artist Dua Lipa has sparked a big argument online with a tweet sometimes coporated with suppliers of extreme Albanian nationalism.

    Lipa revealed a map that involves Albania, Kosovo and rigions of neighbouring Balkan countries and a definition of the word "autochthonous" to suggest Albanians belonged on the map.

    The tweet sparked strong reaction from supporters and critics the same.

    Lipa's mum and dad are from Kosovo. She was born after they came to the UK.

    In a follow-up speach, Lipa said she refused ethnic separatism and her post "was never meant to incite any hate".

    What was the argument about?

    Lipa was accused of favouring Albanian expansionism after they posted the map which forms area of hard-line nationalist dreams of creating a Greater Albania that would incorporate all ethnic Albanians.

    It sparked controversy before. A football game in 2014 between Albania and Serbia was ment to stablish into open brawls after a drone holding that map seemed over the stadium.

    At the middle of the immediate dispute is the status of Kosovo which stablished independence from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after Nato's bombing campaign finished the rule of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic there.

    Kosovo is recognised by the US and most European governments, but not by Serbia and its main allies, including Russia.

    In her earlier tweet, Lipa involved a definition of the word autochthonous - meaning indigenous to a place or home.

    "We all deserve to be proud of our ethnicity and where we are from," she added in a later statement. "I simply want my country to be represented on a map and to be able to speak with pride and joy about my Albanian roots."

    Albanian nationalists allege that the people who live in the area too long before the Serbs, and use this to claim nearby regions. Serbs say Kosovo is part of its territory - and nationalists often voice their sentiments with "Kosovo is ( part of )Serbia" slogans.

    Some online users said that Lipa of being a "fascist", and began using the hashtag #CancelDuaLipa.

    US-based organisation Team Albanians defended the pop star, however, saying she was "debunking the dangerous far-right claims that Albanians are not indigenous people in the Balkans".

    Balkans and celebrities

    Lipa is the latest celebrity to cause an uproar by wading into Balkan history and politics.

    Germany and Bayern Munich's captain unoutomatical Neuer was recorded singing a popular Croatian football anthem while on holiday in the country in early this month.

    But the song references a country of neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, and there was a backlash in Germany and in the Balkans after the video shown online.

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    World champoin the tennis player Novak Djokovic meanwhile was shot in this January singing what was alleged to be an ultra-nationalist Serbian song. Last week, he received a prize  by the ethnic Serbian Republika Srpska government in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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