Lily Allen Responds to Criticism of “Hard Out Here” Video

lil Lily Allen Responds to Criticism of “Hard Out Here” Video

Well, Lily Allen definitely got people talking with her “Hard Out Here” video. Just shy of 24 hours old, there has been an out-pour of responses to the song’s visuals. Unfortunately, though, the criticism hasn’t been over Allen’s attempt at starting a conversation about the objectification of women in pop culture. Rather, she’s being accused of racial exploitation due to having black back-up dancers in her video. So, the singer took to Twitter to clear the air:

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

Any questions?

  • Bloedig

    Good response. People want to make everything a race issue now a days.

  • Brotha kevin

    I’m a black fellow and I didn’t have any problem with the video…I figure someone got but hurt about it cause it hit close to home.. Lol but not my life

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    No. No. No. No. NO.

    Of course we know she didn’t INTEND to offend anyone, but she did offend some people otherwise she wouldn’t have felt the need to make these statements. If people made their views clear that they did not appreciate certain aspects of her video and/or lyrics, don’t say “I’m not going to apologise because I think that would imply that I’m guilty of something”, because that trivializes the feelings of those who complained.

    We know she didn’t want to make it about a race, but that’s the issue that came up, so own up to it and say I’m sorry. If she were dealing with the objectification with women in today’s pop culture, why did the video for the most part look like a rap video? Why didn’t she take a shot at how women are photoshopped to unbelievable extents? Why didn’t she take a shot at how “virginal” women are coveted like when Britney Spears was starting out and Rolling Stone magazine did an article in which they discussed how it was basically owed to the public that she paint herself as a virgin in the public. Okay, I get the Robin Thicke thing. That was obvious. But if you are decrying objectification in pop, why were you using mostly black women to prove your point? And saying “ask the ladies yourselves”, is basically saying “look, I’m cool with a couple black women, therefore I can speak for EVERY black woman who complained and say that what you’re feeling is an overreaction.” If black women were saying I don’t like what you did, just freakin’ apologize.

    Like imagine if I went to go do a video in the early 90s talking about misogyny in music videos and I focused on the hair metal bands in which white women were draped over car hoods (Whitesnake), white women were paraded in skimpy bikinis (Van Halen on more than one account) and talked about cherry pie as a euphemism to vagina (Warrant). And then people complained that I was focusing on one problematic aspect of music and said “why didn’t you point out BBD’s ‘Do Me’ or ‘Poison’ videos”, and then I said well, it wasn’t my intention to make white women sexual objects in order to prove that EVERY woman is objectified, I was trying to talk about the current trends.

    All I’m saying is Lily Allen’s video missed the mark because there were so many other things she could’ve done rather than a fake rap video with one scene alluding to Robin Thicke. If she was getting at Miley–that could’ve been done way more clearer otherwise, like I was saying, that video and song painted with a very broad brush decrying rap music and if mostly black women auditioned and that’s what your video became–so be it. But if people call you out for it, don’t act like those people’s feelings are trivial.

    Yes, it’s a frickin’ race issue because I’m tired of women of color being used by white women to make feminist statements. Tina Fey talked mess about Kim Kardashian just because full figures were becoming popular. White feminists talked mess on Beyonce just because she used the word “bitch” in a song like no other artists have said that. White feminists talked mess on Nicki Minaj when she joined American Idol. White women went in on Lucy Liu when it was announced that she was taking the role–that had been predominately white male–of John Watson on the Sherlock drama on CBS. But let me be clear: I am not against Feminism. I am just tired of Latinas, African American women and Asian women being used a props to “prove a point” and then being told by society that “you’re not good enough for this role. you’re not beautiful enough for this magazine. Your hair needs to be like this. Your eyes need to be like this. Your skin needs to be like this.”

    Make a video about that, Lily Allen.

  • Mzetak

    Well aren’t you just a precious little victim.