Lana Del Rey done stepped in some ish. The singer, real name Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, went on a tirade about the double standards in pop music — however, she dragged Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and more into the conversation, and got dragged herself, in the process.
Lana seems to like a little controversy — this sin’t the first time she’s made off-the-cuff statements. However, it is the first time she’s tried to compare herself to Black female artists, which was just destined to go wrong from jump.
In an Instagram post (which is never the place for an attempt at profound statements), Del Rey revealed she believes she is being unfairly criticized for her music, while others are allowed to do as they please.
“I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all seeing are now very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.”
Alright, girl whatever. Lana would have been fine had she stopped there, but she didn’t.
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f - - king, 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 glamorizing abuse?”
Look, Lana has the right to feel however she wants. But, where she messed up is by bringing in other artists, women of color at that, and trying to draw a weak comparison. Twitter, of course, let her have it…
lana's point would still come across without the first paragraph lmao the words she chose to describe other artists' music as "fucking and cheating" in contrast with her description of her own music as "feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect" pic.twitter.com/IW61r7v2Lr
— ri (@xxibrnl) May 21, 2020
white feminism DID fail lana for many yrs & DOES fail all sorts of women who have complicated intimacies w men who hurt us,,, but lana used a tool many white women do, which is to leverage what power is granted us by white heteropatriarchy in antiblack contexts to seek more power
— jamie (@veryhotmomm) May 21, 2020
I can’t get over the Lana and her audacity. Like beyond the asininity of naming the obvious (Nicki, Beyoncé, etc), Doja and Kehlani are just beginning to get their real flowers.
What a fucking hater! pic.twitter.com/DumfSWvLBh
— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) May 21, 2020
Lana realizing she didn’t have to jump to put her jeans on pic.twitter.com/043dIH7eMG
— Marieme (@mariemebarry) May 21, 2020
Lana Del Ray really came after Black women for why she is not appreciated.
And she tried to hide her disdain for Black women by adding WWOC in the post. She ain’t fooling no one.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) May 21, 2020
But for all the dragging, she is receiving some support…
i don’t get why lana is being dragged?? she literally was just saying how SHE feels like she can’t sing about certain topics without getting backlash whilst other singers can sing about more explicit topics???? she wasn’t dragging ANYONE just using examples. y’all are stupid pic.twitter.com/sfZTJCQvHD
— ☁️ (@fkaneedle) May 21, 2020
to simplify what lana said:
"if female artists that are at the top of the chart can write songs about whatever they want, then why cant i?"
she probably shouldnt have dropped names but that still isnt the main issue shes trying to address. pic.twitter.com/s527UGCEGp
— no meme, just pain (@slutcietys) May 21, 2020
What side are you on?