I feel your love for Lily Allen man, I really do. I love her music but not this new song. it's offensive to women and woc. one of the lyrics is "i won't shake my ass for you because i have a brain" yet in the video she is always surrounded by black women shaking their asses. make of that what you will.
Okay, first of all - it’s freaking Lily Allen, the woman who calls out on the bullshit in this society in several songs, and if you say you love her music, I’m sure you know it. The Fear is about how fucked up the world is when it comes to money. 22 is about the pressure of society on individuals. Fuck You is about homophobic politicians and homophobic people in general. Kabul Shit is about wars, terrorism and destroying our planet. She has always talked about serious issues and Hard Out Here is no exception.
The song and the video are pretty much based on this thing called sarcasm, you know? NONE of Lily’s previous videos has over-sexualized women, no almost-naked backup dancers, none of it, because she knows how disgusting it is. That is why she used it in THIS video. IT IS A DEMONSTRATION for gods sake. Do you think she is so dumb and hypocritical, that she uses the lyrics “I won’t shake my ass for you because I have a brain” and then surrounds herself by women shaking ass because what? It looks good? Well, then the irony clearly flew right over your head.
What pisses me off the most is the “racism” fuss. She calls out on patriarchy bullshit and immediately she is called a racist just to change the topic. She clearly hit the right string when someone is trying so hard to accuse her of something that isn’t there just to put her in a bad light too.
WHY THE FUCK everything ends here? WHY THE FUCK CAN’T WE JUST LOOK AT THOSE DANCERS AND SEE SIMPLY WOMEN INSTEAD OF WOC. They are black, asian and white. They came to the audition because they can dance, not because of the colour of their skin. IT’S SO IRRELEVANT. If they were all black, it would be racist, because they are all black. If they were all white, it would be racist because there are no woc. If they are mixed, it’s stil “racist” just because. Someone just needs to be offended all the time. Well, let me tell you something. You will always find a reason to be offended if you’re looking hard enough. Or, like in this case, you can just make the reason up to feel offended. But the fact that you are offended doesn’t always mean you’re right.
Here is what she said about the “racism” in Hard Out Here on twitter:
Privilege, Superiority and Misconceptions
1. If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they’re wrong.
2. If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they’re wrong.
3. The message is clear. Whilst I don’t want to offend anyone. I do strive to provoke thought and conversation. The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all.
4. If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens; I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably. If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see. What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.
5. I’m not going to apologise because I think that would imply that I’m guilty of something, but I promise you this, in no way do I feel superior to anyone, except paedophiles, rapists murderers etc., and I would not only be surprised but deeply saddened if I thought anyone came away from that video feeling taken advantage of, or compromised in any way.
6. Ask the ladies yourselves @shalaeuroasia @monique_Lawz @ceodancers @TempleArtist @SelizaShowtime @melycrisp
I rest my case.