“The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all…If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too…What I’m trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.” – Lily Allen
I would have cut out the slow mo ass/twirk bits (but that’s just me)… LOVE the song though. The SLATE’s take HERE
NOISEY talks to video director Chris READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW HERE!
One concern people have levelled is that the video uses mostly black dancers, dancing in sexually explicit positions around a white singer. Obviously you’re doing that ironically, but does that make it any better?
We just chose the best dancers. Suzette who choreographed it is an amazing dancer herself, she does the Major Lazer tour and things, and we said we want twerking dancers and so we got the six best. Four of the girls are black, two of them weren’t and I felt that was a good balance in the sense that I didn’t want to comment on race, but it was just who was good.
More generally though, does making a satirical video about misogyny then make it ok to have skinny twerking girls pouring champagne in each others butts? You can still exploit women’s bodies, even for the purpose of satire. Do you get a free pass because you’re being ironic?
I think you do, because now people are talking about it. There are hundreds of girls who are in those [type of] videos and they come to the castings without getting told what they’re doing beforehand, they just have to walk in on the day and shake their arse. With this video we spoke to the girls in the casting, we talked about what we were doing and they all thought it was really funny.
I think if you’re gonna do it with pop music you’ve got to do it in a playful way, you can’t take yourself too seriously. With Lily’s songs you just want people to think a bit and say “hold on a sec.” That’s all it’s about, it’s not a campaign, its just meant to make people think.
LONELY NIGHT (ANGEL FACE) The Captain & Tennille… and The Ray Conniff Singers, Michel Legrand & Neil Sedaka!!!
I feel this works beautifully with this post.
ONE LAST HALLOQUEENish post featuring MORE Cessna Hotties, Liam (all wet) and things that go BUMP in the night!
other Etienne pics after the jump…
“My favorite time of day is night.” HIGH POINT INSTANT COFFEE with LAUREN BACALL & 5 yr old James (via Carter H & Jonathan T.)
I prefer JAMES version! via Jonathan T.
“James, 5, saw some grownups laughing at the camp classic Lauren Bacall High Point commercial from the 80s. Uh-oh, children will listen.”