Poet, 21, whose Scottish rhymes have gone viral, reveals she has been accused of “making Scots look stupid” and of being a “propagandist” for independence
- Lennie Pennie, 21, from Fife, has drawn thousands of fans with recitals of his poetry on social media
- But some accused her of being a Scottish independence “propagandist”
- She said she was determined to continue to play an active role in teaching Scottish
A Scottish poet has been accused of “making Scots look stupid” and of being an “independence propagandist” after her Scottish nursery rhymes went viral.
Lennie Pennie, 21, from Fife, has drawn thousands of fans who watch her recite poems from her bedroom in what she says is an attempt to keep the minority language alive.
His poem “I’m no havin children” has been viewed nearly 500,000 times and his publications “Scots word of the day” contain English translations of obscure Scottish words.
However, the student also drew criticism with a social media user accusing her of being a ‘Scottish independence propagandist’.
Lennie Pennie, (pictured) 21, from Fife was accused of ‘making Scots look stupid’ and being an ‘independence propagandist’ after her Scottish rhymes went viral
Another accused her of “perpetuating a false identity and culture in order to affirm Scottish exceptionalism”.
She responded on Twitter saying, “It’s so demoralizing to be a girl here, some people need to shut their mouths and open their pods.”
Others were more positive, hailing her for highlighting an important part of Scottish identity.
Speaking of the abuse she received online, she told The Scotsman, “Most of the posts have been heartwarming, but a few have been pretty mean.
“I was shocked to find that most of the enemies are Scots who say ‘Scotsman is just misspelled English’, or ‘you make Scots look stupid, that’ is from False Scotland. “
She has attracted thousands of fans who watch her recite poems from her bedroom in what she says is an attempt to keep the minority language alive.
“If you speak Scottish you are apparently a diehard nationalist, which you are not. People take advantage of it for cultural, sentimental and heritage reasons. It has been said through the generations.
She is fluent in a language that some on social media have called “dialect at most”.
However, the student has also drawn criticism for the videos and poems she posted online.
She responded to abuse on Twitter saying it was “demoralizing” to receive so much criticism
In response to the abuse, Welsh actor Michael Sheen offered him support (pictured)
To that she said, ‘You are more than welcome to think about this. I happen to think it is a language, as it has been classified as such by impartial language experts, both from Scottish and international governments and a large part of the Scottish population.
In response to the abuse, Welsh actor Michael Sheen offered her online support.
He tweeted: “I think Lennie is brilliant. She is a victim of silly abuse. She has so much talent, passion and joy.
“Those responsible are just an absence. Anyone who doesn’t follow her should listen to her stuff and send her some love.
She has now vowed not to be put off by a few negative comments and has said she is determined to continue playing an active role in teaching Scots.