'Of Course I’m A Feminist!' Lily Allen Talks Sexism In the Music Industry And THAT Feminism Controversy

13 March 2014 by

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Lily Allen has talked to The Debrief about how she was misquoted in an interview where she appeared to claim she wasn't a feminist. The singer faced criticism after she was quoted as saying ‘I hate that word because it shouldn’t even be a thing any more’.

She explained to The Debrief she was trying to say she was disappointed that feminism still needed to exist rather than that she didn't think it needed to. 'Of course I’m a feminist,’ she said, before going on to explain that women in the music industry face sexism on a regular basis. 

‘I know that I get talked to in label meetings and by executives like a woman. It’s demoralising and sneering and we apparently don’t have an opinion,' she said. 'There are women in the room, in those meetings, and no-one says “Don’t talk to her like that.” That’s the only way I feel like it’s going to change, when people start saying, “You can’t f****** do that!"'

Lily's never been afraid to speek her mind and has been very vocal about sexism in the music industry since her return last year with single 'Hard Out Here'. She told The Debrief she never regrets speaking her mind. 

‘You can’t on the one hand put somebody like me up on a pedestal and say, “You’re a role model for my children” and then expect me not to talk about things like that,’ she said, telling the title she'd encourage up-and-coming musicans to do the same.

‘I would definitely encourage the Elle Eyres and the Chloe Howls that are coming up to try and be vocal and not to be scared of the beat downs that they’ll get afterwards,’ she said. 'There are a lot of people who fade into oblivion but those people all stood up for and were vocal about what they believed in.'

Lily's new music video for single 'Our Time' came out earlier this week and shows the single playing four versions of herself on a night out. The song's available now and is the fifth track to be debuted from Lily's new album 'Sheezus'. The album's not out until May but it's available to pre-order now. 

Read Lily's full interview over at The Debrief.



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