Absolutely nobody had ‘Dua Lipa comes out as an Albanian nationalist’ on their 2020 bingo cards, so everyone is confused
Dua Lipa, who invented disco earlier this year with Future Nostalgia, left fans sufficiently confused Sunday night (July 19) when she appeared to throw her support to Albanian nationalism on Twitter.
Did anybody have that on their 2020 bingo cards?
The “Physical” hitmaker shared a cropped photograph of a nationalist flag bearing the double-headed black Albanian eagle. A map of “Greater Albania” — a nationalist concept where Albania absorbs several neighbouring regions — was printed on the flag’s centre.
The abruptness of the declaration left some fans stunned. Her mentions quickly bristled with tension as many struggled to process her tweet.
(of an inhabitant of a place) indigenous rather than descended from migrants or colonists pic.twitter.com/OD9bNmLcZ4
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) July 19, 2020
So, what is the flag that Dua Lipa shared?
The same flag that Lipa tweeted was flown by a drone during a 2014 football match between Albania and Serbia, inciting a riot.
It features a map of so-called “Greater Albania” — a concept that expands the state to include territories in Macedonia, Greece and Serbia as part of Albania.
This is a view called irredentism, or the outlook that historically ethnic Albanian regions in the Balkans should be part of a grander Albania state.
One such territory is Kosovo, an autonomous patch of the Balkans.
Serbia and Albania have for decades been entangled in a tense diplomatic dispute over Kosovo, which was formally a province of Serbia which has a majority ethnic Albanian population. Disagreements reached a high-water mark in the year-long Kosovo War that began in 1998.
As a partially-recognised state, Serbian and Albanian leaders have traded barbs for the right to claim the territory – Kosovo declared independence in 2008, which Serbia refused to recognise.
As much as the dispute has in part petered out thanks to European Union mediators, Dua Lipa, whose parents are Kosovar Albanians, seemed to tweet her support to her 5.6 million followers of claiming Kosovo – as well as Preševo Valley in Serbia – as part of Albania.
While not visible in the photograph the singer shared, the date Albania won independence from the Ottomans in 1912 is printed on the top centre of the flag.
It is flanked by pictures of the founder of the Albanian state, Ismail Qemali and his Kosovar Albanian associate Isa Boletini.
Dua Lipa stans as confused as they are angered by singer’s tweet.
The 24-year-old’s message proved divisive online.
— maja ? // folklore (@paperbroke) July 19, 2020
Dua Lipa being a 'Greater Albania' ethno nationalist is the 2020 twist I did not expect. https://t.co/WIYakwPpDW
— Nathaniel Diorio?? (@DIorioNathaniel) July 19, 2020
When I opened Twitter this morning I didn't expect to see Dua Lipa posting irredentist claims to northern Greece and Corfu but we're living in strange times so here we are https://t.co/8SQHb9ASIT
— μαλακολόγος ? (@mathaiaus) July 19, 2020
It also suggest that migrants should be excluded or less worthy. Hardly a message for anybody who, like herself, represents the ability for the child of migrants to succeed.
— Florian Bieber (@fbieber) July 19, 2020
— Bruno ?? (@euro_bruno) July 19, 2020
PinkNews has contacted Dua Lipa’s representative for comment.