When I first listened to it this morning, the lyrics of the song made me pretty uncomfortable with its dogwhistle-y references (I won’t be braggin’ ’bout my cars, or talkin’ ’bout my chains / Don’t need to shake my ass for you ‘cuz I got a brain) but the video was super cringey. This blogger sums it up nicely:
The video is meant to be a critique and satire of popular culture and manages some deserved jabs at Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” videos among others, but in the end it just reduces itself down to elevating Lily Allen’s white female body and objectifying and utterly denigrating those of the black female dancers she deliberately surrounds herself with from start to finish.
Because it's satire a lot of people will argue that it doesn't count because intent is magic, etc. but ironic racism is still racism. In conclusion:
Edit: I'm just going to put the URL here since kinja is apparently intent on not letting me fix it: blackinasia.tumblr.com/post/66815998717/lily-allens-racist-new-music-video-hard-out
Edit 2: Please copy and paste that link because kinja is being a horse's ass.
y r u doin this 2 me kinja