Thursday should have been a day of celebration for Lana Del Rey as she revealed that her new record would arrive on September 5th.
However, she has now found herself in the middle of a race storm and has warned “don’t ever call me racist” in her defiant response.
This statement came after she made a controversial post yesterday in which she cited several other female artists to hit back at claims her music glamorises abuse. I n her post, Lana namechecked Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, saying that they “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc”.
Del Rey then rhetorically asked: “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 glamorizing abuse??????”
The singer then recieved a monumental backlash because of the artists she mentioned were predominantly women of colour. Leaving several comments on her original post, one comment that Del Rey wrote read: “To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things. I fucking love these singers and know them. #that is why I mentioned them I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria.”
She then continued: “… the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers,” she continued, “so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest.”
Del Rey then announced: “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.”
She then mentioned that the backlash to her initial comments is “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 bullshit.”