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Lily Allen rejects 'Hard Out Here' racism claims

Lily Allen said anyone who reads a racist message into her new music video, 'Hard Out Here,' is missing the point completely.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy Follow @gabbilevy Contact the Author   |   Nov. 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM
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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Lilly Allen made waves with her brand new video, the racy and intentionally shocking "Hard Out Here," returning fire against accusations of racism.

The video, which satirizes the Miley Cyrus twerking mini-scandal and the questionably 'rapey' lyrics in her VMA dance partner Robin Thicke's hit, "Blurred Lines," is intended to comment on an entertainment culture that objectifies women.

Accusations of racism came from the ethnicity of the dancers in Allen's video, most of whom are women of color. In her tweeted response, Allen dismisses the criticism as missing the point.

Here's her full response:

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

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