Lily Allen Hard Out Here Racism and Sexism Controversy

Lily Allen hasn’t released an album since 2009’s It's Not Me, It's You so we’re forgotten the sort of controversy she can create. As a reminder Allen has released “Hard Out Here” which references the Three 6 Mafia song, “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” and aims a blow at Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video. Lyrically the song focussed on the media’s perception of woman (“You should probably lose some weight / Because we can’t see your bones”). Sexuality is also a focus of the song (“If I told you about my sex life you’d call me a slut / When boys be talking about their bitches, no one’s making a fuss”). Ultimately, inequality is “here to stay” according to Allen’s latest song.

There have been a lot of positive responses to the video, with commentators like PolicyMic saying that the video makes “feminists proud” and Spin also gave it their approval. The Washington Post wrote that the singer “righteously targeting the patriarchal double standards of 21st-century celebrity culture” and called it “the song with world needs right now.”

The controversial video has not only raising debate about the subjects Lily Allen is trying to get us talking about, as commentators are seeing double standards in her work, particularly the way that the singer uses scantily dressed woman in her video. Okay we understand that she’s supposed to be mocking other artists who have backing dancers moving seductively in the background of their video, but the fact is that Lily Allen’s lyrics complain about an act she’s carrying out herself.

VIDEO: Lily Allen - Hard Out Here

Allen’s attempt at sarcasm might have failed but it’s good to have her back as the music and entertainment industries needs characters who challenge them and stand up for what they think. Even if the message is a little skewed.

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