“Lily Allen’s new music video isn’t saying what she thinks it’s saying” links

Lily Allen (Lily Cooper) defends herself against claims that her video for “Hard Out Here” is kind of racist and that she’s not really making the scathing indictment of sexist “ratchet culture” that she thinks she’s making. [Amy Grindhouse]
More on this Lily Allen mess. [Jezebel]
Cameron Diaz’s Miss Hannigan look is… rough. [ICYDK]
Jessica Chastain discusses her daddy drama with Vogue. [Wonderwall]
Katie Couric replacing Barbara Walters on The View? [CDAN]
Taylor Swift covers Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”. [Bitten & Bound]
Nicolas Cage has sex photos and they were stolen. [IDLY]
Justin Bieber pissed off Argentina. [PopBytes]
Adorable puppy chews on stairs. So cute. [The Frisky]
Ted Cruz thinks black people should be Republican. [Bossip]
Jeff Probst, naked with bacon. Yay, bacon! [Seriously OMG WTF]
The best “drops” ever? Sure. [OMG Blog]
Wait, Miranda Lambert is only 30 years old?! [Life & Style]
Aaron Taylor-Johnson needs to shave his neck. [LaineyGossip]


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  1. nicegirl says:

    Um, sorry, did I miss the ‘Anthony Mackie got a DUI’ article? thanks

  2. lucy2 says:

    I think Ted Cruz should take a long walk off a short pier. Yay, I love sharing our thoughts!

    I would have pegged Miranda Lambert at 35. Huh.

  3. Maria says:

    Nic Cage?!
    Oh man this calls for a Nic Cage-Line:’Put the bunny back in the box!!!’

  4. TrustMeOnThis says:

    Oh, Lily! I used to like you!
    Can someone wake me up when this twerking thing is over, please?

  5. Tiffany27 says:

    I really dislike Lily Allen’s music. Also, I have a brain AND I like to shake my a**.

  6. pamspam says:

    Is that a mole on her right arm with a hair growing out of it?

  7. T.Fanty says:

    Dear Lily Allen,

    Thanks for putting the final nail in the coffin of “irony.”

    Sincerely (obviously),


  8. apsutter says:

    I like Lily but this video is a total misfire. They should have thought about it more and they could have actually made it an effective satire. I do like the song tho

  9. yeahright says:

    I am not sure how anyone can misconstrue what that song is about or what the video is about. It’s not that complicated and not that serious.

    • tifzlan says:

      It’s striking that the black dancers are the only ones in lingerie/leotards/bodysuits and who are consistently focused on. Not Lily or the other two white dancers, but just the black dancers. I understand the criticism. I think it’s pretty valid to make. She might be criticizing the way the music industry works nowadays but unfortunately, her video only perpetuates the problems existing within the industry.

      Also, i feel her lyric “I don’t need to shake my ass coz i’ve got a brain” is really insulting. People can shake their asses and have brains too. And it sucks even more that she sings that and cuts to the black women twerking and dancing.

    • Maria says:

      I agree, it’s clearly satire.
      People who see exposed racism in this video make a subject to race. That’s what makes it ‘racist”, IMO. They could be purple for all I care.
      I mean even the white manager is twerking.

    • Carolyn says:

      yes this is so obviously satire. there’s even a Rebel Wilson look-alike. surprised people don’t get it.

  10. Ally8 says:

    Remarkably clueless for Lily Allen. This is a Miley virus caliber move.

    Wouldn’t a more pointed critique have been expressed by having mostly white guys in suits as dancers who gradually disrobe and are thus subject to the same objectification music execs inflict on women artists?

  11. MollyB says:

    Although I find the song catchy and will probably work out to it, I was super annoyed by her “you’ll find me in the studio and not in the kitchen” line. Just, like, two years ago when she got married she was all “I’m taking my husband’s name and living in my little cottage and I’m going to cook and clean and be a mom and be “house proud” (her words)”. And now, of course, she’s an artist! and a feminist! so of course you won’t find her in the kitchen! I’m a stay at home mom and a feminist and yeah, most days you will find me in the kitchen. It’s just a place where food is made. It doesn’t make me a bad feminist.

    • Shiela says:

      Geez… I know that people change, but every time they do, they shouldn’t be so openly dismissive of the way they once were. I try to be careful about that–though sometimes I’m sure I can be a hypocrite.

      Also, MollyB, I just wanted to say that I’m not a stay-at-home mom, but I do agree with you that it’s perfectly possible to be one and also be a proud feminist :)

    • Nono says:

      Aw, Molly, this rant made me like you. :)

      Have never herd of the term “house proud”. It’s so charming!

    • malina says:

      Don’t know her story but I’m quite glad there is a feminist voice out there, even if her agenda was different a couple of years ago. I choose to believe she didn’t mean any harm with this video, and I buy into the argument that she wouldn’t send the black dancers home (just because they’re black) if they won the casting as best twerkers. But it is true the video is rather unfortunate in that it cuts to black bottoms far more than the rest and can be seen as portraying them negatively. Then again, is she criticizing black people for twerking or just the trend in the popculture? And twerking happens to be originally a black domain and I have to yet see a white girl twerking as well as they do. But the reason I’m really writing this comment is that it is uplifting that there are stay-at-home women who are feminists. Maybe that’s obvious but I’ve read too many negative anti-feminist and women-bashing comments from housewives recently. Kudos to you.

  12. Stephanie says:

    I think that Cameron Diaz looks great as Miss Hannigan. She is a rough character. I think she’s going to nail it.

  13. bns says:

    I like some of her music, but she has always had a bit of a vile personality.

  14. Hannah says:

    Why is nobody mentioning that there aren’t just black dancers in the video?

    (And that the song isn’t very good…)

    • Schnee says:

      Yeah. There is also a blond girl (even a heavy one) and a vaguely Asian/Latina? looking one. But people want to see a controversy still being whipped up by Miley’s style.

    • malina says:

      True, I’ve noticed that too. So it’s not all bad ;) The only problem is we can’t really dismiss the racist claims just because we haven’t been at the receiving end of the prejudice. Of course it might be subjective, it is after all very personal and dependent on one’s experiences, but shouldn’t make it any less valid (i.e. we don’t have sufficient knowledge to judge it from our point of view).

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Oh, good. I thought it was my old fooginess getting in the way of understanding her video. 2 wrongs don’t make a right. People have legitimate concerns about Robin Thicke’s song & vid, but Lily’s isn’t doing her any favors either.

    This black person thinks Ted Cruz should STFU and GTFO. Moron.

  16. serena says:

    I like the song, but the video is just…too much, I couldn’t watch it all.

  17. Kim1 says:

    A## hole Alec Baldwin using homophobic slurs again @ tmz.He will get a pass again

  18. Happy21 says:

    I don’t see racism. I see a stupid song with an even stupider (I know, not a word!) video. It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve had to endure visually and one of the worst songs ever. I get what she is trying to do/say but this is just terrible. AWFUL even. Stupid, dumb, dumber…

  19. Miss_anne says:

    Oh please, it’s funny! it’s sarcastic and witty. But no one here knows how to say anything positive about other females here. Par for the course.

    • happymama says:

      Agree! People need to calm down. Her music is original and intelligent. I like her sassy attitude too!

    • Claudia says:

      I had no problems with the video either, I think some people are just projecting and nitpicking. There’s been a trend in the last few years of constantly having to be scandalized by things, and that will cause people to stop paying attention when it actually matters.

      • Lou says:

        Offense Culture. It’s a thing, and it’s getting ridiculous. People think criticising is contributing. But defining yourself by the things you oppose isn’t healthy.
        I’m all for debate, but some people just look for things to be troubled by. It’s a constant feature on Twitter.

    • jaye says:

      That is absolutely untrue. While there are always going to be posts and comments that throw shade and illicit downright hate (sometimes irrational, imo) There are just as many positive posts and comments. Don’t make such sweeping generalizations, it is offensive.

      I didn’t find the video offensive because I got the message she was trying to convey. Could the message of the video been better presented, sure. But I don’t think the video subtracts from the message. This coming from a black woman. I am more offended by the rap videos this one is mocking.

  20. nico says:

    Thoughts on Jake Gyllenhaal’s freak out?

  21. My Monkey says:

    I love the video and the song. I think people are over dissecting it. She said on twitter that the dancers were chosen because they were the best during the audition, there’s nothing more to it then that. And I believe her.

  22. happymama says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lily Allen. It’s satire, folks. She makes some very valid points. She’s extremely smart and funny.

    • Ally8 says:

      I liked Allen’s past albums, so I wish I could agree, but there is nothing remotely satiricial about presenting the same pictures as any rap video. Also, the melody and cadence are a sad, weak retread of her own past work.

      The most charitable interpretation of the video is (a) thoughtlessness, or (b) that the song is not about the objectification of women, but the objectification/criticism’s of Lily Allen’s post-baby body, a point referenced several times in the song. Which leads to the defensive “I don’t need to shake my ass coz i’ve got a brain”. Seems to me that she was plenty happy to often shake her ass in skimpy onstage outfits when her body self-image was good:
      Google image (NSFW): http://tinyurl.com/k9zrca4

      So, less petulant defensiveness about your body, please, Lily, and more thought about the treatment of women’s bodies in general.

  23. Adrien says:

    Ah, I just said she’s as relevant as Myspace on the Lorde-Selena thread. The song is catchy enough, hilarious video but it’s been done — Jewel’s Ignition, P!nk’s Stupid Girls and to some extent her own The Fear song.

  24. Marianne says:

    Just watched it and I don’t see the big deal. She’s poking fun at the music industry and the twerking craze.

  25. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Guys seriously? She is OBVIOUSLY saying “look what we all think is normal, and even necessary–f*ked up, isn’t it?” I mean it’s actually right in the lyrics, and the mocking imagery, and…. holy Dinah. People. This is as satirical as satirical gets.

  26. mk says:

    Hmm, I think it might say the right things… Recreating the imagery isn’t the best way to go about tearing something down but those ladies looked like they were having more fun than Miley’s circus. I liked the end when she’s just giggling at the lead dancer because that would be me! I’d be like DAMN are there real gears in there or what! Also, her song is not bad and her voice is nice. Miley’s is graaaaaaating. Rihanna, kind of a grating voice for me too (Umbrella, anyone).

  27. Isabella Lark says:

    That song is funny- and good.

  28. Ironically racist says:

    I am disappointed but not surprised by Allen. She is is not intelligent enough to be anti racist or anti sexist. She should leave the satirical to artist like lady gaga and pink. They manage to make anti sexist comments without being racist. My charge of racist based on her history or herstory ( hey I am done with a sisters) namely she painted a hubby’s penis as a Gollywog and twitter it. Funny maybe stupid probably