Sienna Miller slammed for not wearing a poppy on television
Sienna Miller appeared on The Graham Norton Show last week to promote her new film Burnt, alongside co-star Bradley Cooper, but unfortunately more people are talking about the fact she didn't wear a poppy than the movie.
The 33-year-old actress has been called out by viewers of the show, who called her "disrespectful" and accused her of failing as a "role model."
Cooper wore a small Remembrance Day pin on the lapel of his suit but Miller's metallic pink dress was poppy-free.
According to The Sun a source said, "She was wearing the poppy pin but it was taken off as she went on air as it was pulling on the clothes."
And boy, did it cause a fuss.
Some viewers did speak out in defence of Miller, asking whether she deserved such criticism:
Surely wearing a poppy (or not) is a personal decision and one that Miller — or any of us, for that matter — is entitled to make without being criticised? Of course it's important to commemorate the brave, selfless servicemen and women who died while trying to make Britain a safer place for all of us. But shouldn't we do that all year round and not just in the lead-up to Remembrance Sunday? By putting so much emphasis on the act of pinning a plastic poppy to your clothes (be it on a TV chat show, in the workplace or at school) it takes away from what the poppy symbolises.
Miller hasn't commented on the fuss her appearance on The Graham Norton Show caused. It's entirely possible that she has donated to the Poppy Appeal and will spend some time this Sunday deep in thought about the millions who died in Britain's wars. Or maybe she won't — which is OK too. The point is we don't know — and we're in no position to judge.
We can care about helping those living in poverty, and raise and donate money to help Comic Relief, without wearing a red nose. The same goes for the Poppy Appeal.
The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal is held every year ahead of Remembrance Sunday, which falls on Nov. 8 this year.