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Lily Allen was upset by video criticism

Jan 30, 2014 | 9:18am EST

British pop star Lily Allen was close to tears when the video for her comeback single was attacked by critics, insisting the promo's pro-feminist message got lost in a tidal wave of hatred. The Smile hitmaker relaunched her pop career in November (13) following a four-year hiatus to concentrate on raising a family, and she admits the clip for her single Hard Out Here was deliberately provocative. The promo contained footage of the singer twerking with a group of scantily-clad backing dancers and featured a message about her genitals spelled out by silver balloons, which prompted a storm of criticism online. Many opponents accused the star of creating a sexist video that objectified women, and Allen admits she was left shattered by the barbed comments as she had intended the clip to be empowering. She tells British magazine Elle, "That upset me. I've taken my clothes off, I do shake me a**e 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... "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."

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