Lana Del Rey has defended yesterday’s controversial Instagram statement, saying accusations of racism are ‘bulls***’.
The 34-year-old announced that she will be releasing not only two books of poetry, but a brand new album a year after the success of Norman F***ing Rockwell!
However, it was the accompanying statement that sparked backlash, as she seemingly called out singers – mainly women of colour – including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat for getting to sing about ‘f***ing and cheating’ while she apparently gets accused of glamorising abuse.
While Lana was a trending topic on social media due to her comments, she’s not backtracking.
In the comments section of her statement, the Born To Die singer wrote: ‘By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite [sic] singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.
‘Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite [sic] singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite [sic] f***ing people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be.
‘It’s exactly the point of my post – there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro – call me racist because that is bulls***.’
Lana continued: ‘And my last and final note on everything – when I said people who look like me – I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white women – thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.’
While fans praised her for standing her ground, others continued to point out what they found to be wrong with her comments.
Author Amanda Seales commented: ‘I get your point, and I consider it valid there was just an effective way to make it that didn’t center you as someone who has been silenced after paving the way for the women you listed to speak freely about their experiences, which is simply not true.’
Still, the popstar made her feelings about the controversy quite clear as she shared a number of stills from her short film Tropico, set in a strip club, with the caption: ‘#f***off.’
Del Rey, real name Elizabeth Grant, went off at her perceived double standards in the industry in her Instagram statement, claiming that she was branded ‘hysterical’ for failing to put on a happy face in her music.
She wrote: ‘Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever i want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse???????
‘I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorise abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world.
‘With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.
‘Let this be clear, I’m not not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.
‘I’ve been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I’ve had. News flash! That’s just how it is for many women.
‘And that was sadly my experience up until the point that those records were made. So I just want to say it’s been a long 10 years of bulls*** reviews up until recently and I’ve learned a lot from them, but also I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop “putting on a happy face” and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted in their music – unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s.’
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