Lily Allen Battles With Black Feminists Over Lack of Women in Drake’s ‘More Life’

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 9:01 pm, March 19, 2017

From lying about being offered a role from Game of Thrones to making a video about “how hard it is out there for a bitch” that angered millions of feminists, Lily Allen hasn’t had the best PR in the past few years. Allen most recently was the unfortunate target of trolls, who viciously attacked her over her stillborn son.

Now, the perpetually manic singer and songstress is on a bender again with feminist and social justice causes—and once again, getting blowback. Her latest target is Drake, the popular hip hop artist, over his failure to feature more female performers in his new project, More Life.

“22 songs and 1 female feature. Still sad,” she wrote, following the news that Drake is set to release a new “playlist project” featuring eight men and one woman.

Allen spent much of the day tweeting about the lack of female producers in the industry, citing an article from the Huffington Post and multiple tweets in agreement with her stance that Drake needs to diversify his lineup.

She was promptly savaged by black feminists, who called her out for being a hypocrite. Vocal intersectional feminist and Twitter pundit Feminista Jones told her to “sit down,” citing her 2013 Salon article that condemned Lily for “carelessly [using] black women as props in her attempt to make points about the exploitation of women in music videos.” That piece called out the singer for criticizing Miley Cyrus for doing what she often did.

“It is as if she is propping herself up as a savior of these misguided sistas who could be using their brains instead of shaking their asses for money,” Jones wrote. “Yet, there she stands, throwing cash at them as the ‘pimp.’ Indeed, Ms. Allen is pimping black culture for her own career advancement. She’s been out of the limelight for a while now and she returns to the scene, hopping on the same bandwagon she chastises Miley Cyrus for exploiting.”

Allen did not enjoy being chastised by Jones. “I learned a lot from this episode, and continue to educate myself where intersectionality is concerned. Please don’t ask me to sit down,” she responded.

She added that while she was excited for Drake’s new project, she would’ve liked to have seen more women become a part of the lineup.

Jones disagreed, stating that “no artist wants someone chiming in about their project with what they ‘should have’ done unless there are egregious offenses.”

The Washington Post’s Victoria Walker chimed in to tell Allen that it “isn’t your call to make, sis.”

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.

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