Singer Lily Allen Blasts ‘Offensive’ X Factor Act Honey G
Lily Allen has seen just about enough of The X Factor UK this season.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Allen spoke about the offensive nature of Honey G, this season’s designated “Novelty Act That Lasts Way Longer Than He/She/They Should”.
“As far as I can tell she is a white lady that dresses up in Ali G, Goldie Lookin Chain kind of attire,” Allen said. “She has done really well on X Factor and ITV is pouring money into her. I’m not black but I find it offensive. So wrong on so many levels, I can’t even start to talk about it.”
Of course, Allen admits she’s been accused of cultural appropriation in the past, particularly with the music video for her 2013 single, “Hard Out Here”. Although Allen defended the video by saying she was trying to make a feminist statement with the video, which featured Allen surrounded by black dancers in skimpy outfits, she acknowledges that she made an error in judgment by creating a video in that style. At the very least, she shows a bit more self-awareness than a lot of other artists in her position, noting that she later realized she was “perpetuating stereotypes of black women”. Allen added, “It didn’t even occur to me at the time, but it was highly offensive.”
On the one hand, there’s an argument to be made for cultural appropriation, with regards to Honey G. But I think it’s a bit tricky, because it’s hard to really know how sincere Honey G actually is about this until after the show ends. Is she going to pursue a hip hop career or is this just her path to some quick fame? If it’s the latter, then I think there’s a clearer argument for appropriation. But I don’t have the answers, so I’ll defer to you fine readers.
Is Honey G guilty of cultural appropriation or is there nothing really wrong with what she’s doing? Sound off in the comments!
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