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    UK Pop Singer's Topless Pic at War Memorial Draws Flak on Social Media

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    The 31-year-old Instagram-famous model and singer Indiana, who once sang for the Queen at the official launch of the BBC’s Broadcasting House in 2013, reportedly said: “Pretty sure those boys that gave their lives for this country would enjoy a casual bit of side-boob.”

    Indiana, whose real name is Lauren Henson, has stirred a divide among social media users and her 9,500 Instagram followers after she shared a side-boob pic while posing at a London church in front of a plaque for soldiers fallen during World War I.

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    Even though two pics from the same set were initially posted in June, it is only after she posted the new one that many netizens started accusing her of being disrespectful to the fallen and “drumming up publicity”:

    Others, however, jumped to the song-writer’s defense, suggesting that nowadays people are “seeking out ways to be offended”:

    Following a widespread backlash, Indiana posted yet another pic taken at the same spot to defend her snaps that some found provocative.

    “Those names behind me, those boys died fighting for our freedom. I live in the free world they created and here I am, embracing my body and being free. Take me back 100 years, stand me in front of those soldiers, what would they think? What would they say? What would they do? I think I look good in front of the wall. I haven’t done it to upset anyone and I don’t think it’s a particularly offensive image, in fact anyone who checks my social platforms will have seen it before… Of course I’m not trying to disrespect the fallen. If I’ve offended anyone then it was not my intention,” she captioned the snap with.

    Addressing the negative comments on BBC Radio Nottingham on Wednesday, the Instagrammer claimed that she was unaware at the time that it was a war memorial.

    “Me and my best mate Jonjo were being creative in Clapham and saw the church and he was like ‘go topless.’ […] I didn’t even notice it was a war memorial. We were drunk. I know people are offended, but why? It’s a human body, why is that offensive? […] I saw the words ‘The Glorious Dead’ and thought ‘that’s so cool.’ It’s not like it’s too much of a provocative pose, it’s just me embracing my sexuality.”

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