Lily Allen jumped right back into the pop world with her brand new video, and landed right in the middle of some hot water!
Hard Out Here aims to satirize sexual objectification in pop music, but some critics are saying Lily didn't just miss the mark! They're outright calling her racist!
Apparently the offended parties believe Lily's video, which features six black backup dancers showing off their best Miley Cyrus twerking moves, is somehow praising Lily's white body and denigrating theirs!
Well, Lily herself has something to say on the matter- quite a lot actually! She writes:
"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"
Well, that's pretty hard to argue with! It at least seems clear that Lily's intentions were good.
Geez, race didn't even occur to us while we watched! We were focused too much on the sassy feminism and catchy beat!
What do U think?
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