Allen’s first solo single since 2009 manages to scapegoat not just rappers but black women for all the insecurities she’s been grappling with over her career.
Okay I don’t usually like to get into these things, but it’s like no matter what musicians do somebody will say it is either sexist or racist. It either puts women back decades by over-sexualizing blah blah or it’s like fine, you got the feminist thing but you’re still being racist. I just think that male performers, no matter the race, are often immune to such criticism because male-ness starts with a cultural baseline of respectful attitude. Like, featuring male dancers never sparks discussion of racism or sexism, but female backup dancers are either too objectified (see: blurred lines), too provocative (see: dancing sexily) or too white or too black. I mean, it’s good we’re having those conversations, but it gets a little old. I’m gonna assume everyone had the best of intentions and move on with my life. Why would calling Lily Allen racist make me any less racist?