I liked Lily Allen’s song “URL Badman” to begin with, but I love it now that there’s commenters up on YouTube screaming “misandry” over the new music video. (Of course plenty of women hate on other women online and I have experienced that firsthand myself. But generally, my experience with trolls — you know, like the time a bunch of them emailed me with answers to my post “18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls” — they have all been dudes.) Anyway, this song is totally on point, Lily!
“I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and shit. Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks.”
On one hand, I’m like, Who turns down a role on “Game of Thrones,” especially a role as cool as Yara (Asha) Greyjoy?! And on the other hand, I’m like, I don’t think the honor of being on one of TV’s best shows would be enough to scrub away the memory of my brother touching my tits. So yeah, I get it, Lily Allen, I get it. [Us Weekly]
Having just released the video for her latest song, “Sheezus” — which just happens to be the title track off her third album, out May 5 — Lily Allen’s eyeing the diva crown and no one, not Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga or Lorde, better get in this bitch’s way. (Her words, not ours.)
In fact, if you take a listen to the track’s lyrics, you’d think the “Smile” singer was inviting half the female artists on the Billboards Top 100 to fight her in a Battle Royale, especially when the chorus goes a little something like this: Keep reading »
I’ve always felt a special connection to Lily Allen, because we have the same birthday (May 2nd, represent!), the same middle name, and we are both really good at rhyming. Obviously, we’re on the same page fashion-wise too. I love her mix of flirty, feminine dresses with more daring high-fashion pieces, and, of course, some comfy sneakers thrown in for good measure (we Taureans sure do like to be comfy). Click through to check out some of Lily’s recent street style looks, and if you have a May 2nd birthday, the middle name “Rose,” and/or consider yourself an above-average rhymer, please email me an application to join me and Lily’s Special Friendship Club.
“Of course I’m a feminist … I know that I get talked to in label meetings and by executives like a woman. It’s demoralising and sneering, and we apparently don’t have an opinion. It’s done in a way to make you feel ashamed, whether they know they’re doing it or not. There are women in the room, in those meetings, and no-one says, ‘Don’t talk to her like that.’ That’s the only way I feel like it’s going to change, when people start saying, ‘You can’t fucking do that!’”
Lily Allen fans were collectively confused last week when the pop star was quoted in The Shortlist saying she “hates” the word feminism because “it shouldn’t even be a thing anymore.” The “Hard Out Here” singer continued that there was no “man version of feminism” and that “I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy.” The blogosphere veritably exploded. Plenty of people wondered why Lily, who has spoken up about feminism, politics and body image issues numerous times, would say such a thing. Well, she would like a do-over: Lily told the UK’s The Debrief that she was misquoted and misunderstood. What she apparently meant was that feminism should no longer need to exist, because men and women should be treated equally, and that jealousy amongst women is as harsh as anything the patriarchy does. I still think she should be more careful how she speaks, though. [The Debrief UK] [Image via Getty]
Once upon a time, there lived three wild, crazy, barely-to-moderately talented entertainers who ran in the same circle but did not often hang out together, either because of jealousy, competition and, some say, bits of unrequited affection. Then one day, all three of these starlets were photographed in a car together and the universe practically exploded considering all the possible outcomes of this new and powerful trifecta. But alas, it was not meant to be, as nothing particularly special resulted from that packed front seat and the three went their separate ways, with none of them churning out anything of particular achievement since. Why am I telling you this story? Oh, because that photograph, the one of the three starlets (Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, obviously), is so bizarrely infamous that Lily Allen has used it in her video for the song “Our Time,” only she plays all three herself. Watch above! [Chart Rigger]
Of course I’d rather look like Kate Moss than look like myself. I wish I didn’t feel like that, and I think the reason we feel like that is because of the imagery we’re fed all the time. Women are still expected, in some weird way, to kind of … sit there and look pretty. And not talk.
Lily Allen delivers another dose of realness in Elle UK, expounding on the same themes in her song “Hard Out Here.” She’s had an at-times problematic history with her depiction of women of color, particularly in the music video for that song. However, she’s also been one of the most vocal female pop stars to speak out about all the pressure on women’s looks and how body policing contributed to her own eating disorder. Plus, she is delightfully sex positive! Thank you, Lily, from the bottom of my heart for not just sitting there and looking pretty. [Elle UK]
Lily Allen is back with a new song, a questionable music video, and her signature funky/feminine style. I’m pretty in love with this dusty pink coat, and pairing it with leopard print pumps is a fun, Lily-esque choice that totally works. Want to steal her look for yourself? Get all the pieces (for around $100 or less!) after the jump… Keep reading »