Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images Photo: Lily Allen and Sam Cooper

In Lily Allen’s latest music video release for her single, “Hard Out Here,” the notoriously outspoken singer criticizes pop culture, Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines,” and the pressure put on females to look like society’s idea of beauty, especially when it means going under the knife to achieve perfection.

But now, Lily’s under fire for her use of only black dancers in the music video. Yesterday, Jezebel reblogged this post from Tumblr user Black in Asia:

“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.”

And once Lily caught wind of this, she wasted no time defending herself on Twitter, posting a lengthy Twitlonger to set the record straight. According to Lily, she did not choose her dancers by the color of their skin — only by their twerking abilities, which were necessary to properly satire Robin Thicke’s video.

“If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens,” Lily argued. “I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably. If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see.”

And although Lily may be willing to defend her decisions, there’s one thing she’s not going to do: apologize.

“I think that would imply I’m guilty of something,” Lily explained. “In no way do I feel superior to anyone … and I would not only be surprised but deeply saddened if I thought anyone came away from that video feeling taken advantage of, or compromised in any way.”

While we don’t believe it was Lily’s intent to be racist, we totally understand how someone could watch the video and point out the fact that there’s no racial diversity among her dancers. However, all talk about the music video aside, we are kind of in love with this song, and Robin Thicke’s semi-ridiculous music video could use a little mocking, anyway.

Source: Twitter / Jezebel on Tumblr