You know Lily Allen is officially back when the nonsensical fuckery that comes out of her mouth is making people rage. Welcome back, Lily!
“Hard Out Here,” the first single from Lily Allen’s new album is a parody of pop songs and I thought it had a prom-feminism message. But I guess I thought wrong, because in a messy, messy interview with the Shortlist, Lily says it’s not that deep and she wasn’t trying to burp out a feminist anthem for the ages.
“It just seemed like a good one to start with. I wasn’t trying to write a think-piece, it just evolved. It wasn’t a big attempt to tackle anything.”
Lily sings about the music industry judging women in “Hard Out Here” and she says nothing has really changed, but that men aren’t the enemy. If Lily performed on SNL, she’d shout, “Fight the real enemy,” before ripping up a picture of an XX chromosome. Everything Lily Allen knows about feminism she learned by watching Real Houswives, because she says that women are shitty to women and she does have a point, but then she lost me when her brain made a sharp right turn on Cocaine Way.
“It’s much the same. But I don’t think men are the enemy, I think women are the enemy. I know that when I’m sitting in a restaurant and a really beautiful woman walks in, who’s skinny, I instinctively think, “Oh she’s really skinny and beautiful and I’m really fat and ugly.” Every man I speak to always says they find that kind of woman gross, and they prefer a bit more meat on their ladies. So it’s more of a competitive thing. It’s weird. It’s just really unhealthy and we’re our own worst enemy. We should stop being so horrible to each other.”
So according to Lily, a chick will look at a skinny chick and think she’s beautiful, but a dude will look at that same skinny chick and get the wet heaves and not in a good way? But women are the enemy? I think I sort of get the “we’re our own worst enemy” point that Lily is trying to make, but then she goes on to say that men want to fuck her, but don’t want to fuck skinny chicks, which I guess proves her point about women being shitty to other women. I don’t know. Let’s move on….
One of Lily’s songs on her new album Sheezus (yes, that’s the title) is about women in music, but again, she says she wasn’t trying to get deep. Then she goes on to say that EVERYBODY IS EQUAL!!!!
“It just dribbled out! It’s not supposed to be provocative and it’s not attacking anyone, although it does namecheck a few people. It’s about how girls are pitted against each other, unlike men. I know you had it in the Nineties with Blur versus Oasis, but it’s not the same thing. It’s like ‘Who looks the best?’, ‘You’re getting too old to do this, you shouldn’t be doing that’. There seems to be a moral undertone when women are concerned that doesn’t happen with men, and that’s what that song is about. Stop this now [laughs]. Feminism. I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing any more. We’re all equal, everyone is equal so why is there even a conversation about feminism? What’s the man version of feminism? There isn’t even a word for it. There’s no reason for it. Menanism. Male-ism. It doesn’t exist.”
Lily says that feminism shouldn’t be a thing anymore, but then when she started to get hate about her words on Twitter, she declared herself a feminist. Lily’s brain: How does it work?
— Lily Allen (@lilyallen) March 7, 2014
I just… You know, I’m just going to stop here and wish all you wimmuns a Happy International Women’s Day! Oh wait, we’re all equal now. Happy We’re All Equal Day!