British pop star Paloma Faith became embroiled in controversy over official TV coverage of the Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday (05Jun12) after showing off tacky royal-themed memorabilia on air.
The Bbc has come under fire from furious viewers who accused the network of "dumbing down" coverage of the celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.
Audiences complained that presenters provided "inane" commentary in Bbc broadcasts during the four-day U.K. public holiday (02-05Jun12).
Faith found herself caught up in the criticism after appearing on the Bbc to show off bizarre collectables inspired by the monarch, including a vomit bag with her face on it and an ice cream-scoop in the shape of the Queen.
Viewers flocked to Twitter.com to lambast the Bbc for allowing Faith to plug her latest album during the segment, which aired during the Royal Procession in London.
One wrote, "Throughout the weekend I have simply wanted to watch the jubilee events. Why must the coverage be constantly interrupted by dreadful interviews?"
Actor Stephen Fry even weighed in with his thoughts, calling the Bbc coverage the most "mind-numbingly tedious programme in its history".
He added, "Deeply embarrassing... (I) expected better of the Beeb. It’s because I am an old sentimentalist that I expect better of the nation’s broadcaster."