Lily Allen hails ‘Baggy Pussy’ balloons in ‘Hard Out Here’ video as a ‘feminist moment’

Pop star says she was disappointed with the negative comments around her video for the 2013 single

Lily Allen has said that she was disappointed that more people did not pick up on the “feminist moment” in the video for her 2013 single ‘Hard Out Here.’

Allen ran into trouble when the video for the single, her second single since returning from pop retirement, was criticised for being offensive with its depiction of twerking and black female backing dancers.

Speaking in this month’s Elle, Allen says that she wishes more people had instead paid attention to the way she spoofed the Robin Thicke‘s video for ‘Blurred Lines’ by spelling out “Lily Allen has a baggy pussy” in balloons.

“That upset me,” said Allen. “I understand people will have their point of view and will interpret things in the way they want to. But it was upsetting to get some of that feedback. I felt like I was being brave doing the (balloons) thing, and that got lost. That was meant to be the feminist moment.”

Defending the video, Allen continued: “I’ve taken my clothes off, I do shake me arse when I’m dancing at a club. I’m not ashamed of it. It’s more the notion that I don’t have to do that, because I’ve got other things going for me. It’s not about thinking those things are shameful in any way. We all do them. We enjoy them… I don’t look down on anybody.”

Allen’s next live performance will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a one-off charity show this April. The singer will play live on April 1 as part of children’s charity Coram‘s City Rocks event. Coram is the world’s oldest children’s charity and celebrates its 275th birthday in 2014.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed recently that a new Lily Allen song will be included as part of the third season of HBO series Girls. The third series of the Lena Dunham-scripted comedy started broadcasting in the UK on Sky Atlantic on January 20 at 10pm with a double bill of episodes, a week after it began in the US.