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Editor’s Soapbox | Don’t Claim Racism Without Understanding Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here”

Lilly Allen is no MILEY CYRUS! Save your breath and stop the comparisons folks — if that is what you are getting at. If you think Lilly Allen's new video seems offensive because of its "racial innuendos", then the sarcastic tone of the clip was totally missed. Yes, there is twerking (Madonna has been twerking since she had those pointy bras), bottle popping, and skimpy outfits. This visual merely helps to aid the purpose of the "Hard Out Here" song and concept. The images are simply art reflecting life. Despite the cancellation of programs such as BET's Uncut, there are still an extraordinary amount of super sexualized music videos that are programmed regularly on major outlets; just pick one that still plays music videos.

I get it. The messengers are almost as valuable as the message. "You're not a size six, and 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." Would those lyrics be easier to digest if it came from a person of the African American community? And why are we even bound by such things as twerking, bottles and skimpy outfits anyway? Truly, those lyrics apply to all women living in our society, no matter what race you check on your college application. Butt shots, Botox, and weaves have no color in this day and age; thank our favorite reality superstar, Kim Kardashian. It seems like she has become the definition of female success today.

When you are too quick to stamp a song, music video or joke as racist without understanding the full scope, it does not help to stop racism… in many cases, it has the reverse effect. It only widens the gap and prevents us from having a healthy, open dialogue. The fact of the matter is the video was an attempt to bring light to the foolishness of today's current cultural struggles.

Conclusion = Understand before you judge!

Watch for yourself and let us know your thoughts.

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