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14/11/2013 02:24 GMT | Updated 14/11/2013 02:24 GMT

Lily Allen Hits Back At Racism Accusations Over Her 'Hard Out Here' Video

Lily Allen has taken to Twitter to respond to accusations of racism in the video for her comeback single, 'Hard Out Here'.

The controversial single and accompanying video sees Lily twerking with a troupe of scantily clad dancers a la Miley as she takes aim at sexism and misogyny in the music industry and parodies modern pop culture from a feminist standpoint.

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Lily Allen in her new video for 'Hard Out There'

But some people have taken exception to the fact that the majority of the dancers in the clip are black.

One blogger on #BlackInAsia wrote: "The video is meant to be a critique and satire of popular culture and manages some deserved jabs at Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' videos among others, but in the end it just reduces itself down to elevating Lily Allen's white female body and objectifying and utterly denigrating those of the black female dancers she deliberately surrounds herself with from start to finish."

Another, writing on Jezebel, wrote: "Because it's satire a lot of people will argue that it doesn't count because intent is magic, etc. but ironic racism is still racism."

But Lily has hit back at the accusations in a Twitter statement called 'Privilege, Superiority and Misconceptions', writing: "1. If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they're wrong.

"2. If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of the colour of their skin, they're wrong.

"3. The message is clear. Whilst I don't want to offend anyone. I do strive to provoke thought and conversation.

"The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women within modern pop culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all."

And the singer also added that it was almost her bum that made the final cut.

She added: "4. If I could dance like the ladies can, it would have been my arse on your screens; I actually rehearsed for two weeks trying to perfect my twerk, but failed miserably.

"If I was a little braver, I would have been wearing a bikini too, but I do not and I have chronic cellulite, which nobody wants to see.

"What I'm trying to say is that me being covered up has nothing to do with me wanting to disassociate myself from the girls, it has more to do with my own insecurities and I just wanted to feel as comfortable as possible on the shoot day.

"5. I'm not going to apologise because I think that would imply that I'm guilty of something, but I promise you this, in no way do I feel superior to anyone, except paedophiles, rapists, murderers etc., and I would not only be surprised but deeply saddened if I thought anyone came away from that video feeling taken advantage of or compromised in any way."

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