OKAY TUMBLR. IT’S TIME TO TEACH YOU A THING, SO HOLD ON, YOUR WORLD IS ABOUT TO BE ROCKED.
SUBJECT MATTER????? Lily Allen’s, “Hard Out Here” music video/song.
I saw another post with a bunch of people ranting and complaining on how misogynistic/racist this song is, and people were EQUATING IT with “Blurred Lines” the same video it’s a parody of. So lets dive right in shall we?
So right now, lily’s “producer” is standing over her during a lipo surgery telling her how david letterman didnt let her on his show, and asking “how she let her body get like this.” Right away it SHOULD be clear that this video is a satire, a play on how controlling the music industry is.
So now Mr. McMoneybags is teaching the girls how to twerk. Well notice the white girl behind him gawking, clearly disturbed. Actually scratch that, just notice the white girl, because a big complaint was that black people were being used as props, and only black people. But on the subject of black people, look at the woman next to the white girl, looking clearly agitated by the producer and his instructions.
This is what made me realize this video was pure satire. Everything in the room, save for the people and the rims, is gold. the fucking FAUCET is gold, not to mention the gold bricks behind the rim Lily is holding. Why does this prove satire to me? IT’S SO. FUCKING. TRYHARD. It’s mocking the music industry’s obsession with displaying wealth, glitz, and fame.
now the twerking/seductive dancing gets REALLY into full swing. if you were to watch the video, ALL SCENES WITH TWERKING ARE IN SLOW-MO, AND ZOOM IN ON THE GIRLS ASSES AS THEY QUITE LITERALLY *RIPPLE* not to mention oh, THE FRIGGEN CHAMPAGNE BEING POURED ON THIS GIRLS ASS. More tryhard displaying of wealth, sex, and objectification.
she’s fanning herself with money, do i still have to say it?
oh look, more champagne, as the girl showcased previously takes a breather after heR ASS WAS DESTROYED BY SMACKING, SCOLIOSIS INDUCING TWERKING, AND STICKY CHAMPAGNE.
oh hey, could it be? A non cookie-cutter white girl in the video? being showered with cash, and objectified just the same as the rest of them? (sans champagne)
more shameless selling of sex, theyre literally rubbing themselves, but dont they look like theyre having a great time? (oh wait, they dont look like theyre enjoying themselves? oh.)
WOW LOOK. SO FUN. VERY YES. TOTAL ENJOYMENT AND NOT OVER THE TOP AT ALL. AND LOOK HOW THERES ONLY BLACK WOMEN ON SCREEN. WHAT A DISGUSTING DISPLAY OF RACISM AND OBJECTIFICATION, AND HOW THE WOMEN WERE BRAINWASHED INTO ENJOYING IT SO MUCH.
DING DING DING DING DING. *THIS* PART. this part was put in to drive home the point that THIS. VIDEO. IS A PARODY. OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. there is no possible way, upon seeing this part of the video, to not comprehend the fact that this video is satire, this was put in for the people who were looking for something to complain about coughtumblrcough.
and look here. if you watch the video to the end you’ll see lily allen GETTING UP, ROLLING HER EYES. AND WALKING OFF THE SET.
theres a lot more i could, and would like to say, particularly i’d like the rip apart the lyrics word by word. but let me point out just one more thing. Not once does Lily refer to women using any word OTHER than bitch. Because bitch is objectifying. and as as i’ve mentioned so many times, the point of this video is to make a mockery of todays music industry and their objectification of women. I urge you to watch the video yourself, and dont look at it so black and white, use the only thing ever taught in english class and look for the symbolism and subtext of the video. have a good fucking day, and remember, stop picking apart everything you see to find what’s wrong with it, instead try looking for what’s right. Youll be a lot happier, and probably more fun to be around.