Keri Hilson Welcomes Controversy: ‘I Don’t Feel Backlash’

Keri Hilson – blunt, real and unapologetic when it comes to her music. In a recent interview with SoulCulture, Miss Keri boldly stated, “I don’t feel backlash.” The 28-year-old responded to the naysayers’ criticisms and added, “I rarely feel it.”

Seen by many throughout the industry as a magnet for controversy, Hilson has been under a microscope since she emerged onto the scene two years ago. Accused of being overly sexual in her image, lyrics and videos, it’s amazing to see how level-headed she has remained in the face of adversity.

When asked about the public’s outrage over the video to her single “The Way You Love Me” Hilson said, “It probably deserved some criticism. Did it affect me? No. The language deserved the criticism though, absolutely.” She continues, “That wasn’t the version that I sang to. If you look closely, I’m not singing ‘fuck me,’ I’m singing ‘thug me’. The video I recorded was the album version – somebody decided to sync the other version with the video and put that on WorldStarHipHop. It got 14 million views in less than a week. You can’t really be mad if people want to see something that you do, so I didn’t feel the criticism. I was just happy that people cared.”

Hilson takes total responsibility for the video saying it was her personal choice to shoot something so sexualized. “That video was a decision of mine. I did it because even though I’ve never been that sexual, I am a woman and I do have that side of me. It wasn’t society’s pressures, otherwise I’d do that in every video. But, it was a moment in time and if you write a record like that, certain visuals come along with it,” she told the site.

Will this criticism deter the diva from making more sexy videos like this one? Not a chance. Hilson lives in the moment and to her, if it feels right then why not go for it!

“It’s not something I want to make a habit of doing, but I don’t want to make a habit of censoring myself. If it feels right in the moment, I’ll capture that. It may live forever, but whatever you feel in the moment is the right thing to do. I didn’t feel the criticism. I wasn’t as impacted as others were. My intention wasn’t to throw it in the world’s faces, it was to do me. I honestly didn’t feel the criticism too strongly; I just lived through it while others had a problem with it.”

Steadfast in her beliefs and unable to be bullied by media heavyweights, Keri Hilson is stronger than she looks and tougher than most.


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