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Gloucestershire's Lily Allen's saucy video hits race row

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2013

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Lily Allen’s video for Hard Out here, which was intended to critique sexism in general and the music industry in particular has run into a row about race.

The video, which is a parody of videos such as Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, sees Lily singing in front of a troupe of scantily-clad back female dancers.

Some have criticised Lily, who lives in Gloucestershire, for playing on racist stereotypes of black women, that they are presented as ‘nothing more than jiggling material.’

Vivienne Pattinson, of Mediawatch UK said: “ I’m sure she didn’t mean to be racist and she probably intended the women dancing behind her to act as a message that she doesn’t need to behave like that. And I applaud her efforts. But unfortunately singers really can’t afford to be complacent and they must recognise what a serious issue this is.”

Lily, 28 defended the video saying she would be “deeply saddened if anyone came away form that video feeling taken advantage of or compromised in any way.”

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  • blooz  |  November 15 2013, 1:56PM

    Two of the backing dancers are white and this happens in every video nowadays black or white. Can we stop giving voice to these irritating people who feel the need to find fault in things to justify their position, especially as the video is making another point that actually is relevant.

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  • supernova1  |  November 15 2013, 12:44PM

    What's worse than those that deliberately go around all day looking to be offended, like a load of Milly Tants (Viz ref.) is the fact that there are groups like Mediawatch UK, who are being paid to be offended. Soshul (sic) media, apart from actually being of no use WHATSOEVER, also provides platforms where those with opinions, and those that are then offended, think that whatever it is that is offending them should be banned, and if they could, they would claim compo for 'traumatisation'. As CYBORGIGY says, get over it.

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  • CYBORGIGY  |  November 15 2013, 10:45AM

    When will this Political Correctness claptrap ever end in the Uk. Freedoms of speech and expression have been eroded to the point where Winnie the Pooh will be next for the connotations of the word Pooh. Wake up Britain and smell the coffee, or can I not say that in case it offends tea drinkers. Sad state of affairs the Uk at the moment, PC has changed things and not for the better.....

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