Monday, November 18, 2013

Media Moment: Hard Out Here (Lily Allen)

I want to start of by saying I love Lily Allen.
The Fear-great song. 22- Amazing. Smile- also one of my favorites.  The first time I heard her new song/watched the video for “Hard Out Here” I was confused – I actually almost even got a little mad a Lily. But then I realized- Holy shit, she is a freakin feminist genius.
Verse 2 says it all:
If you’re not a size six
Then you’re not good-looking
Well, you better be rich
Or be real good at cooking
You should probably lose some weight
‘Cause we can’t see your bones
You should probably fix your face
Or you’ll end up on your own
Don’t you want to have somebody who objectifies you?
Have you thought about your butt, who’s gonna tear it in two?
We’ve never had it so good, uh huh
We’re out of the woods
And if you can’t detect the sarcasm
You’ve misunderstood
The lyrics are good…the verses, really really speak the unfortunate truth of what it is to be a woman (especially being a woman in the entertainment industry). 
People are questioning her reasons behind hiring the dancers she did, and this was her response:
“The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture,” she wrote. “It has nothing to do with race, at all.” She said that she tried for weeks to get her own twerk moves down but couldn’t get it right, and so hired the best dancers for the job; and that the reason she was more clothed was insecurity about her figure (reminding fans that she did have two children recently).
“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,” she wrote, before concluding with an invitation to “Ask the ladies yourselves @shalaeuroasia @monique_Lawz @ceodancers @TempleArtist @SelizaShowtime @melycrisp.” – LA Times
In conclusion, from one bitch to another, way to go Lily. It is indeed Hard Out Here.


  1. Honestly I have mixed feelings about this music video I want to like the song but little things bother me about it for one the fact that she refers to women as bitches.. Also the song contradicts itself its a song about not objectifying women yet women are being objectified. She made interesting points on a important matter why make satirical? But I did like some parts especially the intro.

    1. The whole "bitch" thing is part of the satire. That's the whole point haha. That's why she says
      "And if you can’t detect the sarcasm
      You’ve misunderstood" in that last part of the second verse. :)