• Tue, Nov 12 - 4:15 pm ET

Lily Allen’s Blistering Video Takes Shots At Miley Cyrus, Appropriation & Misogyny

Lily Allen Hard Out Here

Was anybody else just waiting for the day when a fellow famous performer would throw down on Miley Cyrus‘ rampant use of humans as props and appropriation as a means to notoriety? Well, that day is today, and that performer is Lily Allen. For her first single in years, Lily made a music video that throws swings in the directions of misogyny, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and all sorts of idiocy.

The opening scene of “Hard Out Here” features Lily on an operating table getting liposuction as her manager looks on, disgusted, wondering, “How does somebody let themselves get like this?” “A lack of self-discipline,” remarks a surgeon. Lily explains that she’s had two children, but as we all know, that matters not.

Lily Allen Hard Out Here Robin Thicke

She then throws shade (is anybody still saying that? Meh, I am today) at Robin Thicke, sarcastically trotting around balloons that spell out, “Lily Allen Has A Baggy Pussy.” Dancers twerk around her in a comically dramatic way while licking bottles of champagne, smoking and pouring liquids on themselves as Lily proclaims that it’s “hard out here for a bitch.”

While Lily utilizes black dancers shaking their asses and hips in her video, it is obvious that this is the whole point: that a white performer consistently using women of color as a type of place setting for her ~*art*~ is ridiculous. The fact that the “manager” in the video is showing the women how they’re supposed to wiggle is indicative of this being entirely on purpose as a critique of people like Miley who do this, then deny it. She’s even giggling as she fake-spanks them, which I interpreted as being a direct imitation of Miley at the VMAs.

I, for one, am pretty stoked on this because I think so many famous folks refuse to call out other performers for fear of repercussions. And rather than label Miley a slut or insult her for wearing revealing clothing, both of which are ridiculous things to be actually angry about, she’s critiquing Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, sexism and the industry as a whole by showing just how nonsensical they all look. Take a look at this A+ video and judge for yourself:

As a side note, I’ve been wearing lots of deep purple and almost-black lipstick lately, so this confirms to me that other human beings are, indeed, doing this and that I don’t just look totally ridiculous. Or rather, I don’t look totally ridiculous alone. Hallelipstick!

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  • Julia Sonenshein

    CAN’T STOP WATCHING

    • Samantha_Escobar

      OMG I LOVE IT. It is 100% stuck in my head.

  • Jenni

    Love the song.

  • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

    I’ve always loved her! She’s my age and she’s just a badass. And she had, I think, two miscarriages, and I was so sad for her, and then she had two babies and seems to love being a mom and is also so cool for doing this, and makes good music and UGH I LOVE HER

  • Char

    Aaaaaaaaand the term “baggy pussy” has now been added to my daily vocabulary.

  • Lisa Kellogg

    Why does Lily Allen always sing my life? It is hard out here for a bitch.

  • kf

    Even if she believes she’s making a piece of satire, Lily Allen’s video still perpetuates the hyper-sexualization of women. And it’s not even a good song. She’s fighting fire with fire here. If artists truly want to push back against “Miley-esque” ridiculousness, they should skip the autotune and other tacky gimmicks (champagne, cars, ass-shaking) and display some actual creativity and talent.

  • Muggle

    this is awesome. I think it’s my new favorite Lily Allen song. :D

    Kinda confused on the “Lily Allen has a baggy pussy” bit though. I know what she’s talking about, having two kids and all and dealing with the undue scrutiny the media puts on women’s bodies, but it kinda feels like it comes outa nowhere. Maybe I need to watch it again? I don’t mind :D

    • C

      I think it’s a reference to vaginoplasty surgery, which has been in the news a lot this year. Ladies apparently have to be self-conscious about how tight our vaginas are now. :/

    • Muggle

      Has it been in the news a lot? I haven’t noticed that, but I guess I haven’t been looking in the right places. But yeah, vaginoplasty is fucked-up.

  • Lindsey

    I love it! Reminds me of P!nks Stupid Girls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR4yQFZK9YM

    • Char

      Yeah I immediately thought of Stupid Girls when I saw this new vid also.

  • Benita

    She’s a white woman using the exact same imagery that Miley utilized in her videos and performances. Her intent doesn’t matter when the finished product is still dehumanizing black women and no, saying it’s satire doesn’t absolve her of anything.

    • Muggle

      Yeah, I agree. She missed the mark with that satire, now that I’m thinking more about it. Lily herself gets to fight back against the patriarchy… but the women dancing in her videos don’t. They’re just there, in the background. :/