Social media has been dragging Lana Del Rey for a tone deaf Instagram post where she implied stars like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj haven’t experienced the same level of criticism that she has for writing about sex, love, and – in her words – “glamorizing abuse.” Even white women are coming for her.
Read her original post, plus how she doubled down on her comments inside…
Your white privilege is showing Lana Del Rey!
In a very lengthy Instagram post, “Young & Beautiful” singer Lana Del Rey went on a rant about how she’s criticized for supposedly “glamorizing abuse” in her lyrics. She implied other artists like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Kehlani and Camila Mendes are crucified for singing/rapping lyrics about “being sexy, wearing no clothes, f*cking, cheating etc.” She named almost all women of color, except for one. People like Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Lady Gaga – who have sold sex OFTEN – were conveniently not mentioned.
“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??????,” she wrote.
Well, women in the industry have been complaining about this very thing for years, and never once have we heard you co-sign or stick up for them. But now that it’s happening to you, we should all stop and cry with you? Interesting.
Peep the post below:
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A post shared by Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey) on May 21, 2020 at 12:26am PDT
So Lana is comparing criticism she has received to the criticism (mostly) black women receive in the industry?
Really, girl? Just stop. Black women face racism, misogyny, classism and more on a daily basis, something she likely doesn’t experience DAILY.
For the black women she name dropped, they’ve all been criticized for far worse. Even for literally just existing. And this is what she’s crying about? Every woman she mentioned has experienced harsh criticism, so, sorry most of us don’t feel sympathy when you’re trying to compare your struggle to that of a black woman.
Last week, Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat made Billboard 100 history when they became the first black women to nab the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the chart. No, Lana didn’t point that out in her IG rant.
“I’m just fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person just singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are all very prevalent emotionally-abusive relationships all over the world,” she wrote.
She accused female writers and alt singers for “setting women back hundreds of years,” yet her lyrics are just her being her glamourous self. Laughable.
Actress Megan Fox joined the group chat with a quick message that she deleted shortly after:
UMMMM WHY DID MEGAN FOX JUMP INTO THE LANA DEL REY DRAMA ONLY TO DELETE IT 5 SECONDS LATER??!!?!?? pic.twitter.com/26O9TQpC77
— cin (@eviIwomen) May 21, 2020
Twitter has been on her a** since the post went up:
Lana del ray after seeing 4 black women occupying the top 2 on billboard pic.twitter.com/yz6mLyVbqL
— Grace (@grceisdone) May 21, 2020
look at how quickly this dude GATHERED lana del ray.. LOVE TO SEE IT pic.twitter.com/5hSzKQGhWH
— iman (@imhm1771) May 21, 2020
Beyonce deleting her scheduled “Happy Birthday Lana Del Ray” website post after reading her latest IG essay pic.twitter.com/Ew8D9mzzyS
— James Green (@jamesg_review) May 21, 2020
beyonce: driver roll up the partition please
Lana del ray: pic.twitter.com/5GYrTum0dK
— kale (@DUASNOSTALGlA) May 21, 2020
lana del ray could’ve made her point without dragging all those other women pic.twitter.com/Ay8bYWlmhN
— ً (@wasteIandbb) May 21, 2020
I’m still dying laughing over Lana Del Ray crying asking for a safe space for white women to sing songs about cocaine.
— Curry with the shot… (@StephBMore) May 21, 2020
i cant believe lana del ray came for WOC & their music like she didn’t have a bunch of white girls in flower crowns screaming about pepsi cola flavored pussy. ok white woman
— (@ughzoIdyck) May 21, 2020
However, Lana Del Rey doubles down on her original rant in the comments of her post.
“I f*cking love these singers and know them,” she wrote in her comments on Instagram. “That is why I mentioned them. I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria.”
She said it’s “sad” that people have made this a “WOC issue” and she argued her comments had nothing to do with race.
“I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullsh*t,” she said.
Lastly, she wrote:
“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 a white woman – thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.”
Swipe below to see all of her comments:
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#LanaDelRey has been getting dragged for name dropping #Beyonce, #NickiMinaj and #DojaCat in her “what about me” rant for backlash she has received after being accused of glorifying abuse in her music. Peep her post and her comments and tell us what you think!
A post shared by TheYBF (@theybf_daily) on May 21, 2020 at 4:33pm PDT
It’s interesting to note, she has a new album dropping September 5th, so this was likely a PR stunt in some way.
Is this an example of another white woman hating to see black women be great? Or greater than them?
Photo: Screenshot From Nicki Minaj’s YouTube