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.”