UK pop star Jamelia sparks outrage saying old people should be stripped of voting rights

UK pop star Jamelia has sparked controversy by saying people over 75 should have their voting rights stripped.

The singer, whose 2004 hit 'Superstar' made it to number one in New Zealand, said on the Jeremy Vine show, that while she thinks old people are capable of voting, she doesn't think it's fair they get the right, given they won't be alive for the repercussions.

Explaining her views to pensioner, Pam, who had called in to the show, Jamelia said she didn't mean to cause offence with her comments.

"I think it's important that you don't become offended by what's being said," she explained.

"I think that you're completely capable of being of sound mind and I think that you are capable of making a vote.

"I just don't think it's fair that you have a vote when you're not going to be around to experience the consequences of that vote."

She added "you've had 50-60 years of voting."

Pat hit back at the singer, saying "why can I not with my conscience vote for what I believe in?"

Later in the show Jamelia reiterated her point, saying people over 75-years-old should have been banned from taking part in the vote on Brexit and should be banned from voting in a potential second referendum.

A short video of the discussion was posted on Twitter by host Jeremy Vine with the caption "a pensioner is told by Jamelia why there should be a cut-off age for voting - it would stop people above 75 voting because they will not live through the consequences of their decisions."

The clip attracted thousands of comments, many calling Jamelia out for ageism.

"Jamelia is as thick as two short planks, we should certainly take the vote away from her" one Twitter user said.

"Ageism is just as bad as racism," added another.

"Rude, ungrateful, nasty ageism," commented a third.

Jamelia has not yet responded to the comments on her own social media accounts.