Lily’s having a pop at the music industry but will the kids get it?

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Now I’m not a prude, darlings. But I think our pop princess Miley Cyrus and now Lily Allen do push the boundaries of decency in their videos.

In my day, the 1960s, we had panda-eyed Dusty Springfield and the divine Miss Diana Ross, both elegant in their fab frocks.

These days our chart topping songbirds can’t resist getting their kit orf.

Remember a few weeks ago I gave you twerking instructions – drop to your haunches, open knees wide and shake your bootie at warp speed?

Ms Allen may be the voice behind the charming John Lewis Christmas TV advert depicting cutesy cartoon creatures. All very aah.

But what a contrast to her latest pop video, Hard Out Here, which has erupted into a twerking race row.

Perhaps you think I shouldn’t be writing about such controversial issues in a family newspaper.

But what’s the betting the kids have all watched Lily’s video online already?

Ms Allen defends her video as a parody of the music industry.

It opens with her on the cosmetic surgeon’s operating table (pop singers are under pressure to go under the knife to look perfect).

She calls herself ‘Bitch’ (oh how I hate that), because hip-hop artists refer to women as bitches. And WOCs (women of colour) are often exploited in the music industry.

Plus there are a couple of audio and visual smutty bits, (which she defends as getting back at the male-dominated music business ).

So there you are, Lily’s waving the placard for feminism. Really?

Will your impressionable nine-year-old daughter watch the video and say, ‘Oh I get it. Scantily-clad African-American women twerking, Lily Allen’s potty mouth. It’s just a parody, it’s not real, it’s just pretend.’ No.

These pop stars are role models for young girls, who dream of being like them.

But what I found even more alarming is the latest YouTube trend where young girls ask the internet ‘Am I Pretty or Ugly?’ They’re opening themselves up to merciless criticism.

Cyber-bullying is on the increase, with worried parents struggling to protect their children.

This YouTube trend is disturbing.

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