Lily Allen Returns, Rips Twerking, 'Blurred Lines'
New single, 'Hard Out Here,' released
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2013 10:51 AM CST
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(Newser) – British singer Lily Allen has released her first single in three years, coming out of semi-retirement to cheekily take a swing at the music industry and its treatment of women. The video for "Hard Out Here" features Allen's scantily-clad dancers "twerking" and Allen herself pretending to get liposuction to "fix" her post-baby body (she took time off to have two daughters), Sky News reports. Reaction to the video (which is pretty NSFW) so far is good:

  • At Salon, Prachi Gupta writes that the "catchy" song "point[s] out the hypocrisy of sexism" and "poke[s] fun at the stereotypes and expectations placed on women by society."
  • At Slate, Aisha Harris writes that the song and video "prove that [Allen] hasn’t lost any of her biting wit" and offer "an indictment of pop culture, with blatant shots taken at Robin Thicke’s endlessly controversial video for 'Blurred Lines' and the whipping girl du jour, Miley Cyrus."

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0894323
Nov 15, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Needs more cowbell.
Prof59
Nov 14, 2013 10:42 PM CST
This is one of the better Weird Al Yankovic videos! But I kept waiting for the accordion solo though it never came.
0894323
Nov 13, 2013 10:07 PM CST
I totally get the message of this video, but I think it could have been better in some ways. The use of autotune detracted from the raw beauty of her real voice. And the overproduction detracted from the message. Also, I think the over-use of the word "bitch" took away part of its meaning towards the end. In any case, I'm glad she has made a song with a message like this. Her first big song with the line "every time I see you cry, I smile" just reminded me of what sucks about being female, without offering any insight into the situation. It's a brutally honest song, but I didn't find it cathartic. All that song did was remind me of how many of us (women) can feel that without a man we don't have value, how we lose value as we age, and how the loss of a boyfriend or a husband is not just the loss of a protector but of part of your self-identity, too. The bitterness in that song seemed to me therefore like a blind acceptance of all those things. I'm glad she came out with this then, to balance it all out. To acknowledge all the things that went unsaid in her first hit.