Brody Dalle denies ‘slut-shaming’ following comments on J-Lo and Iggy Azalea video

Dalle asks: "How is spreading your bottom apart and singing 'give him what he asks for' empowering?"

Brody Dalle has answered criticism of “girl hate” and “slut and body shaming” following comments she made about Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s Hype Williams-directed video for the single ‘Booty’.

The video was revealed last week and features both artists dancing in leotards. The video received 31 million views on YouTube in its first four days on the site.

On September 23, Brody Dalle wrote: “I think JLo and Iggy Azalea have lost their heads up each other’s big butts… I’m trying to understand what the point of their horrendous video is but I can’t find one.” She also criticised the track itself, which was co-written by Chris Brown, saying, “The song is a piece of crap that was written by waaay too many people including a well-known woman beater”.


The rocker has since taken to her Facebook page to clarify and expand on her comments. She answers, in particular, a Twitter follower who accuses Dalle of having “inspired lots of girl hate and slut and body shaming” and being hypocritical in her stance due to her well-documented appreciation of Plasmatics frontwoman Wendy O Williams. She asks: “Why is it OK for her to objectify herself but not the others?”

Dalle begins by condemning the use of the word ‘slut’, and explains that her problem with the video is “the conflicting message it’s sending to our impressionable young girls and boys.”

Dalle writes: “How are the lyrics “give him what he asks for” empowering to women? How? How is spreading your bottom apart and singing “give him what he asks for” empowering at all?”

“JLo and Iggy may feel empowered by their bodies and that’s fine, their bodies ARE powerful, beautiful and life giving. But they are so much more than just their bodies. They may feel that using their bodies is the only currency they have in order to stay popular and on the top. It has become a contest of who gets the most hits on YouTube and Vevo and who can take it the furthest, not about the quality of their songs and the messages they are sending. And why? To make lots of money and to line the pockets of the big machines, regardless of who that affects.”

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Dalle released ‘Diploid Love’, her first album under her own name, earlier this year. ‘Diploid Love’ was produced by Dalle and Alain Johannes (Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan) at his Los Angeles studio, as well as at Dalle and her husband Josh Homme’s Pink Duck studio. The record features guest appearances from Garbage‘s Shirley Manson, The Strokes‘ Nick Valensi, Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age and Emily Kokal of Warpaint among others.