Lilly Allen has weighed in on the viral conversation about the influence of “fake babies” in the entertainment industry – and was forced to clarify her comments after becoming the “leading fake baby advocate”.
The online discourse in recent days has been dominated by New York magazine highlighting the success of stars with famous parents. It called 2022 the year of the Nepo Baby in its recent cover story.
Celebrities famous at least in part for nepotism include Dakota Johnson, Maya Hawke, Lily-Rose Depp, Ben Platt and Zoë Kravitz, according to the American magazine’s analysis.
British musician Allen, the daughter of actor Keith Allen and producer Alison Owen, took to Twitter on Monday to offer an alternative version.
The singer suggested that nepotism was a bigger problem in politics, law and finance.
She wrote, “The nepo babies you should all be concerned about are the ones who work for law firms, the ones who work for banks, and the ones who work in politics, when we talk about the real world consequences and robbing people of opportunity.
“BUT that’s none of my business.”
But she seemed to acknowledge her own privilege: “And before you come to me for being a fake baby myself, I’ll be the first to tell you that I literally don’t deserve anything.”
When a Twitter user asked why her parents have Wikipedia pages, she replied, “Because I’m a fake baby and both my parents are super talented.”
However, the 37-year-old hinted that being a fake baby wasn’t a gilded existence.
She wrote: “In childhood we crave stability and love, nurturing.
“We don’t care about money or the proximity of power yet. Many of the nepo babies are starved of these basic things in their childhood because their parents are probably narcissistic.
Allen added that the entertainment business is “not parent friendly”. “It can be hard to see your own privilege when you’re still processing a childhood trauma, and a lot of these kids haven’t figured that out yet,” she continued.
Allen, whose brother Alfie is an actor, then returned to the online fray on Tuesday her wordsshe had “incited people”.
She started a thread by describing how she once believed her success was her own making, but now admits it’s “more complicated than that”.
She wrote: “It is quite clear that there is a serious lack of representation in the industry when it comes to class and race. Everyone loses because of that.
“However, I do feel that fake babies are being scapegoated somewhat here. There’s a wider, societal conversation to be had about wealth inequality, about lack of programs and funding, and I think that was the point I was trying to get to.” make, maybe bad .
“I promise I’m not standing in front of an industry full of people who had a childhood similar to mine. I really think we can’t get to a real solution without identifying the real problem, no matter how much fun it is to make fun of famous people’s children. Nepo babies have feelings.”
She signed off by saying she would relinquish her post as “chief nepo baby defender”.