Lily Allen on 'Hard Out Here' Dancers: 'It Has Nothing To Do With Race'

Lily Allen - Hard Out Here


U.K. singer addresses music video controversy in lengthy post.

Lily Allen returned on Tuesday (Nov. 12) with new single "Hard Out Here" as well as a music video that takes aim at gender objectification within the music industry. While the video has been well-received (it has 1.3 million YouTube views in a little over 24 hours), some have objected to a scene in the clip in which Allen twerks with some scantily clad back-up dancers, the majority of whom are African-American.

Attempting to nip a possible controversy in the bud, Allen took to Twitter on Wednesday and released a long post titled "Privilege, Superiority and Misconceptions." The full text is below:

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

As noted yesterday, Allen took a prolonged recording break following the 2009 release of her sophomore album, "It's Not Me, It's You." Allen is currently in the studio finishing her third full-length, and "Hard Out Here," which was produced by Greg Kurstin, will be released to retailers on Nov. 17.