Lily Allen Responds to Criticism of New Video ‘Hard Out Here’
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It’s been all quiet on the Lily Allen front since the release of her 2009 album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, her one-off collaboration with Pink from last year being the exception. But when Allen returned yesterday (Nov. 12), dropping the video for her new song “Hard Out Here,” she came back in full force and got the Internet talking.
The NSFW clip for the song addresses society’s views on women while poking fun at Robin Thicke and twerking. While the video has been called scathing by some, Allen took to Twitter to address some of the issues the video has brought up, such as the ethnicity of her dancers.
“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,” she wrote.
Allen bullet-pointed her thoughts on the video in a post on TwitLonger titled Privilege, Superiority and Misconceptions. She ends her open letter by letting her critics know she has no intention of apologizing.
Read the entire post below.
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