I’m only half surprised that Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen are apparently friends. The surprised part is the one that saw ‘Hard Out Here’ and would think that Lily would steer clear of Miley’s hot mess; the non-surprised side knows that Lily is also a feminist and if Miley says she’s in control of what she’s doing and likes shaking her ass, then Lily would be all for it. So I suppose the weirder thing here is Miley’s eyebrows.
Let’s talk about those eyebrows: What the everloving fuck? I really hate the bleached eyebrows trend and think it looks good on absolutely no one, but whatever. Miley’s edgy! She… looks like death warmed over. I’m not really sure what possessed her to do such a thing, but whatever. She’s terrifying me in this photo and I’m afraid she’s going to kill me in my dreams like Freddie Kreuger.
November 20, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Well, Lily Allen certainly knows how to make a (re)entrance. After releasing ‘Hard Out Here’ earlier this week, she’s been thrust right back into centre stage, and not all the feedback she’s been receiving is positive. Personally, I “get” it and think the song – and the message behind it, and the video – is great and raises some really valid points while poking fun of a lot of the shit we see in mainstream music today, but there are obviously others who have, as Lily would say, “misunderstood” her intentions… exactly as she’d worried they might.
From The Evening Standard:
“It’s been an exciting 24 hours, that’s for sure. I’m a bit of a catastrophiser. I haven’t really slept much in the last couple of weeks, thinking about the negative feedback I was going to get.”
Asked why she wanted to return, she said: “I felt like I had to connect with myself again. I knew that I needed to get out of the house and do some work, and when confronted with that I thought about what it was that I was able to do, and writing songs is pretty much it.”
Becoming a mother meant she had “been through a lot”. She added: “My eyes are now a little bit more open to the rest of the world.
“I suppose beforehand, the things I had done had sort of, in terms of my career, come from quite an egocentric, maybe narcissistic place, whereas now it’s a lot more to do with my children and providing them with a future.”
She said of sexism in pop: “I think objectification of women is fine if I feel that there is a sense of ownership from the woman. If it comes from somewhere else and it feels like the woman is being coerced or forced into something then it’s gross.”
I love Lily Allen and think she’s so, so needed in pop music. But I think people also assume that feminists are meant to have perfect politics or that their version of confronting a narrative needs to be exactly the same as someone else’s. Some people are going to prefer satire, and others just aren’t going to get it and think it’s offensive. You’ll never please everyone. But this is the kind of thing that you can put smack up against Miley Cyrus, who claims she’s doing what she wants but is really doing exactly what she’s seen sells records and gets press, which is not about ownership in the slightest.
I mean, I’m no scholar and other people have talked about this far better than I ever could, but I wish more people would chill out with the “this is racist and offensive” bullshit and actually look at what Lily is trying to do here.
November 15, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Lily Allen has been teasing a comeback for a while now, and I was beginning to get slightly impatient, when all of a sudden I heard her voice in the new John Lewis Christmas ad. Sure, she was doing a cover of a Keane song, but it was cute and seasonal and a start, dammit. Lucky for us, we got an original Lily track a week later in the form of her new single, ‘Hard Out Here’.
Oh man, is this song excellent. Classic Lily sarcasm and sass with a whole lot of truth. You didn’t REALLY think she was going to come back to music and just start playing the game without calling out all the bullshit, right? Cos that’s definitely not the case. ‘Hard Out Here’ pokes fun at – and takes serious issue with – the state of the industry, especially as it applies to women. You could say it’s “empowering” – I’m sure Lily would.
What do you think of the new track? Are you excited for Lily’s comeback? (Note: This vid is pretty NSFW!)
November 13, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
I’m pretty stoked for Lily Allen‘s new album that’s coming out next year, but everyone is sorta wondering what it’s going to be like since she’s been out of the spotlight for so long and she has kids now. A lot of times, musicians get a bit soft/shit after they have kids, but Lily has promised that’s not the case. Apparently her musical tastes haven’t changed at all and actually, the new record will be “empowering” for women.
From Hello! magazine (via DS):
“It’s not an earnest, ‘I’m a mom’, kind of record. It’s empowering. There’s some feminist vibes going on,” Allen told Hello! magazine.
“It’s the same old me with a bit of swearing going on. Good choruses, key changes here and there – that’s it.”
On juggling her career with motherhood, she added: “It’s hard. I’m constantly trying to get the balance right. I always just want to get home to put my little girls to bed. It doesn’t always happen but I’m very blessed to be able to do what I do.
“I need to go on holidays before the next couple of years of work kick in. I need to spend time with my girlies and my husband and get my head down. It’s exciting, but I’m still nervous.”
Well, fair enough. I can’t wait to hear her new stuff – her first to albums are amazing!
September 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
Mainstream magazines are such bullshitters, and body shamers as well, and Lily Allen has had enough of it. Closer and The Daily Mail (LOL) have been claiming that Lily’s been feeling “self-conscious” about her weight after having her second baby in January and saying that she’s been trying hard to lose it ASAP. That’s obviously bullshit, and Lily, being the mouthy broad she is, called them out on Twitter.
This is what a “source” told Closer (which was reprinted by DM):
‘With her comeback getting nearer, Lily is becoming frustrated. She really wants to lose weight all over, but especially on what she calls her “mummy tummy”, thighs, back and face.
‘She’d love to be a toned size 10 when she hits the limelight again, but she can’t seem to get enough motivation to eat healthily. She’ll starve herself for hours, then hit the sugar because she’ll be so hungry. There will be weeks where she will work out every second day, but then she won’t go to the gym for two weeks.’
First of all, who in the hell would have this kind of inside information? Even if this was true – which, let’s be clear, it’s not – it’s not as if Lily would pick up the phone and dial up a friend and say, “You know, I’ve been starving myself for hours, but I’ve just had a Snickers now because I’m so hungry! I haven’t been to the gym in two weeks but I went for weeks and nearly died before that!” I mean… seriously?
Here’s Lily’s response on Twitter:
— Lily Allen (@lilyallen) September 17, 2013
Look, as woman (and I suppose maybe even as humans, but women are more susceptible to this line of thinking), we’d all like to be a little thinner and have a list of things about our bodies we’re not entirely happy with. It’s bred into us BECAUSE OF THE MEDIA. We’ll never be thin enough, pretty enough, young enough, dressed nicely enough, our tits will never be big enough – or if they are, they’ll never be perky enough – etc. It’s endless. But seriously, isn’t it much more newsworthy that the girl is going to make a pop music comeback? I’m so psyched! Fuck this weight bullshit. Lily’s right – she looks great as is.
September 22, 2013 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Though summer’s technically not over, I think it’s time to take a look back at everything that happened these summer months. There was a LOT. What do you think was the most shocking? The most WTF? The best fashion moment? Let’s vote!
In case you need a refresher, here are some links to these stories: (more…)