Lily Allen Needs a Reality Check With a Side of Sense
It's time to feel sad and sorry and maybe just a little bit embarrassed for Lily Allen, guys, because she went and said a thing. Because, in case you didn't know, her latest album, Sheezus, didn't do incredibly well. It didn't do horribly by any means -- in its opening week, it was number one in the UK and number 12 in the U.S. -- but apparently it didn't do as well as Lily had hoped. And that's why she came out and blamed everybody else for it:
''The music industry is run mainly by elder males. It sits better with them to be able to assert their power and control over something that they see as weak and i think they probably see women as weak ... The truth is nobody knows what the f--- they're doing. They can pretend they've got a formula that works and [that] they 'know' they're exactly in control of the game but they're just not. No one knows.''
And while Lily may have a tiny little bit of a point, this just isn't correct. If Lily's album didn't do so well because of some sort of sexism, then, uh, explain Beyonce. Explain Katy Perry and Lady Gaga and Rihanna and do we really need to go on with this? It's not like there aren't any successful female pop artists, you know? Especially conventionally attractive female pop artists, which is a category that Lily falls into. So maybe, just maybe, the sales don't have anything to do with her gender. Maybe the album just wasn't that awesome.