We Spoke To the Director Of The Controversial New Lily Allen Video
The Noisey office is pretty divided on the new Lily Allen video. I think it's a courageous, hilarious and timely critique of women in the music industry that could only come from someone who has both been through it all and had some time to distance themselves from it. Some of my colleagues think it's clickbait dressed as satire, claiming to pastiche the ignorance of racist tropes by performers like Miley Cyrus while repeating those same tropes unapologetically.
One intern is very concerned about how you stack rims in a standard shop-bought drying rack.
So we spoke to the director of the video, Chris Sweeney, to find out what the hell he was thinking.
Noisey: Hi Chris. Bet you're having a busy 24 hours.
Chris: Yeah, but in a good way
@lilyallen Had so much fun on set with you, the girls and team. Your a really cool and down to earth person. Great working with you. X— Seliza Sebastian (@SelizaShowtime) November 13, 2013
@lilyallen That style of dance does not define us but its in black dance culture to use hips, waist and bum! U know about bashment Lily! Lol— Seliza Sebastian (@SelizaShowtime) November 13, 2013
What was the psychological aftermath of hours of editing bums quivering in such slow motion?
Well you know what we were editing it at my house, and my cleaning lady was there and she doesn’t speak English, and we were just chopping up the bit with the champagne and the bums and she was watching and she had no idea it was for Lily Allen, she doesn’t even know what I do as a job, and it was me and the editor sitting in my kitchen editing, and she was looking at it, thinking "fuck I think he’s a porn director." That was quite awkward.
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