Lily Allen claims X Factor’s Honey G is “offensive” and “wrong on so many levels”
Lily Allen has blasted Honey G for being “offensive” on the X Factor.
Discussion surrounding the question of whether Honey G is potentially racist was sparked in October when journalist Lola Okolosie published an opinion piece in The Guardian explaining how Honey G “is a symbol of how race operates in the UK”.
Now singer Lily Allen has also chipped into the debate, labelling the X Factor act as “offensive” in an interview with radio DJ Annie Mac on the BBC’s Radio One. Lily said: “As far as I can tell she [Honey G] is a white lady that dresses up in Ali G, Goldie Lookin Chain kind of attire.
“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.”
However, Lily did confess that she was speaking from personal experience on the topic. She was subject to criticism herself after releasing her 2013 single “Hard Out Here”. The tune was intended to be a feminist anthem critiquing sexism in the music industry, but the music video’s use of ‘twerking’ black dancers actually perpetuated other offensive stereotypes.
The singer told Annie Mac that the “horrible” saga had encouraged her to “do more research and strive to keep putting music out”.
Honey G has also been the target of criticism after an old track she recorded emerged online yesterday (November 3), containing explicit lyrics about drugs and sexual violence. The rapper also came into the firing line after endorsing drug use on her social media accounts. Yet, despite these ongoing scandals, the controversial contestant has been going from strength to strength in the X Factor competition and has not once come near being voted into the bottom two.
Will she make it another week, or is this the final straw for Honey G?
X Factor continues Saturday at 8pm on ITV.