Yesterday singer Lily Allen released the video to her new single Hard Out Here, which has now been branded racist. In the video a troupe of black dancers “twerk” and do all sorts with their buttocks.
CLICK HERE to read Black In Asia’s Tumblr post criticising Lily and the video.
Lilly who claims the video is meant to be “light hearted and satirical” wrote:
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.
The dancers have responded to the criticism via Twitter and they are happy with the video.
I think that Lilly was trying to be clever and funny and its backfired, but on this rare occasion I am not angry with mockney Lily. A woman in her privileged position will never understand why this video is a problem. My anger is directed towards the dancers who signed up to star in the video. Why agree to take part in this bottom of the barrel buffoonery? We really need to stop accepting these embarrassing and damn right degrading roles.
I tell you there are people out there who will not hesitate to throw their self respect out of the window, and will happily help to promote stereotypes for free catering, exposure, the chance to appear alongside a celebrity and a cheque.
No one held a shot gun to those ladies heads.
Check out Hard Out Here.
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