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Lily Allen answers accusations of racism in video for 'Hard Out Here'
After her years-long hiatus from music, Lily Allen fans had reason to smile when her new video for "Hard Out Here" surfaced. But a few of those grins turned to groans after critics began questioning whether or not the irony-laced video trafficked in some stereotypes of women of color. The clip depicts a fully clothed Allen surrounded by scantily clad black female dancers performing stereotypical "twerking" moves, while she's pointedly more reserved in her dancing and spends much of the video mocking mainstream rap and pop culture tropes.
By August Brown
November 14, 2013