Lana Del Rey is tired of being labelled a glorifier of abuse.
Del Rey, 34, wrote a lengthy statement to fans on Thursday. The “Summertime Sadness” singer confirmed the Sept. 5 release of her new album and addressed critics who accuse her of “glamorizing abuse.”
“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**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?”
Del Rey also discussed her next two poetry book releases.
“None of this has anything to do about much but I’ll be detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry (mostly the second one) with Simon and Schuster,” she added.
“Yes, I’m still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the book to my choice of Native American foundations which I’m very happy about,” Del Rey concluded. “And I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album.”
Replying to comments under her post, she wrote, “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f**king 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**t.”
“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 woman – thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful,” she added in another comment.
Later on Thursday, Del Rey had another message for her haters.
“#F**koff,” she wrote alongside a GIF of her from a music video.
Her post became very controversial, very quickly so on Friday, Del Rey wrote her final response.
“A couple of final notes on my ‘controversial post’ that’s not controversial at all. Despite the feedback I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way, whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat – I want to say that I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably became a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching. Watch!” she wrote.
The long statement continued, “Perhaps I could’ve given more contest to my post by mentioning the title of the second book that would be out next March called ‘behind the iron gates- insights from an institution. I’m sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super trump/pence supporters or hyper liberals or flip-flopping headline grabbing critics can’t read and want to make it a race war, when in fact the issue was with *female critics and *female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists like myself and the women I mentioned.”
“But in truth making it about race says so much more about you than it does about me – you want the drama, you don’t want to believe that a woman could be beautiful, strong and fragile at the same time, loving and all inclusive by making personal reparations simply for the joy of doing it. Nothing new here in your reaction. Same as ten years ago when a million think pieces came out about me feigning emotional fragility or lying about coming from no money when that was the truth,” she said.
Lana concluded, “My aim and my message are clear. That I have control of my own story. If the women I mention don’t wanna be associated with me that’s absolutely fine by me.”
Her fans weren’t sure what to think of either of Del Rey’s posts:
What’s blowing my mind is that Lana Del Rey is VERY successful. VERY accomplished. Her debut sold more records than names mentioned COMBINED. What is she talking about???
— MXM (@mxmsworld) May 21, 2020
think Lana’s post would have been fine if she hadn’t compared herself to a group of mostly black women with the clear tone that she thinks she’s been treated worse by the media when that’s observably untrue
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) May 21, 2020
Lana blatantly ignoring the criticism Beyoncé, Nicki, and other black women have received (and continue to) for being confident in their sexuality doesn’t sit right with me. Commercial success hasn’t made them exempt from misogynistic attacks masked as constructive criticism.
— C (@BOYCOTTCAMILLE) May 21, 2020
lana didn't drag anyone but tbh she could've proved her point in a better way, all the women that she named have been through backlashes because of their works. she's not the only one going through it. women in music industry really deserve better.
— rafia (@repromantics) May 21, 2020
Yes, conversations about misogynistic double standards ARE important. But don’t make yourself a martyr for the cause by bringing down other women to make a point. Feminism is already for delicate cisgender white women, Lana. You’ve had a place at the table for a long time.
— Kat Bee (@katbeee) May 21, 2020
I like Lana but her as a WOC, her statement just comes off as very tone deaf.
Mentioning a majority of black women in music who’ve all been literally crucified bc of their sexually explicit and trying to seem as tho it’s “easy” for them when it’s not is just not it.
— mani🦋 (@BLACKGIRLMANI) May 21, 2020
i'm failing to comprehend lana's point because plenty, and i mean plenty of white women have had hundreds of hits singing about sex/drugs/whatever the hell and weren't ridiculed for it. yet 9/10 of the women she named to try to prove her 'point' were black women… 🧐
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) May 21, 2020
I'm not saying she's not getting criticism but she shouldn't overlook these womens struggles especially their racial struggles in the industry because she can't breakthough or get a number 1 hit.
— Tayoncé Defense Attorney (@BlueIvysDoormat) May 21, 2020