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Lily Allen Slammed By Critics For Racial Insensitivity In New Video

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11/16/2013 9:46 pm
PopWrapped | Celebrities
Lily Allen Slammed By Critics For Racial Insensitivity In New Video
Media Courtesy of FlavorWire

Bradleigh-Ann Walker

Staff Writer

Pop star Lily Allen returned from her four-year hiatus with a brand new single, “Hard Out Here”. However, the accompanying video hasn’t received much of a warm welcome. According to the Daily Star, critics are incensed because the female dancers in the video were portrayed in a racially insensitive manner. The black dancers are more scantily clad than the white dancers, and are twerking throughout the video. Some believe that this portrayal makes the black dancers look like “sluts.” Reni Eddo-Lodge, a blogger and black feminist, told Radio 4 that the racial message of Allen’s music video was troubling to her. “Now that [twerking] has become mainstreamed, it’s about black women’s bodies served up for a very white male gaze and it’s about mockery. And I just can’t see how these two things can marry harmoniously,” she said. “Hard Out Here” has been compared to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and its own storm of controversy, but Allen responded to the criticisms to tell the world that she actually intended the video to be a parody of pop culture and its sexist ways. “If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they're wrong. 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. [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,” the singer/songwriter clarified via Twitter on Wednesday. “I'm not going to apologise because I think that would imply that I’m guilty of something.” Some are at least willing to acknowledge Allen had an admirable goal in mind. “I’m sure she didn’t mean to be racist and she probably intended the women dancing behind her to act as a message that she doesn’t need to behave like that. And I applaud her efforts,” Vivienne Pattison of Media-watch UK said. “But unfortunately singers really can’t afford to be complacent and they must recognize what a serious issue this is.” Some would say the entire point of a comeback is to make a splash. Welcome back, Lily Allen. [youtube=] 


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