Allen says she doesn't feel hopeful that real change is coming
Lily Allen has questioned the impact caused by the #MeToo movement in a new interview.
Allen speaks in a video interview with Vice ahead of her new album ‘No Shame’, which is out on June 8.
During the Vice interview, Allen is asked about how celebrity support for #MeToo has “enacted a big amount of change”, to which Allen replies: “Has it? Who’s been arrested? Who’s gone to jail?”
“If Harvey Weinstein had been accused of murdering 52 people, he would be in jail by now. He’s not,” she argues.
Allen continues: “Either we have to be honest about what we deem as being acceptable on a human level, and we need to start punishing it as such, or we just need to stop.”
“When people started talking about the #MeToo stuff, what I saw was a lot of men going, ‘not me, I don’t behave like that’, when a lot of men that I do know do behave like that.”
“I’ve pulled them up on it, nobody’s done anything. Do you know what I mean? They haven’t changed their behaviour. None of my peers have picked them up on it either.”
“It just doesn’t seem to be [taken] that serious. Nobody’s changing. Everybody’s going, ‘this has happened to me, this is really awful’, [but] what’s happening as a result? Like, oh there’s some public shaming going on, ‘Oh no, oh my god, you’ve been outed on Twitter’. That doesn’t change any of what’s happened.”
Allen also says that her record label didn’t know how to market her music after she became a mother.
Asked whether she feels “hopeful” that real change is coming, Allen replies: “No, I don’t. I don’t think that it’s, like, on Trump’s agenda, or whoever’s going to take over from Theresa May’s agenda. I just don’t think it’s a priority.”
“A lot of the time I’m saying things that really aren’t that bad [and] that get twisted to mean something really different, so no one can really take that away from me,” she said. “A lot of the stuff that I get in my timeline [is] horrible and threatening stuff. These people are saying a lot of horrible things about me, my kids, my role as a mother, my work – is everyone alright with that?”
“Are we all cool with this? As human beings? Is this a cool environment for us to be hanging out in?”