Singer Lana Del Rey took to Instagram on Monday, May 25, and spoke out about the major backlash she received after she seemingly shaded female artists like Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, Cardi B and Kehlani in a previous post that quickly went viral.
“I don’t wanna go on and on about this post thing, but I just want to remind you that in that post, my one and only personal declaration that I’ve ever made — thanks for being so warm and welcoming — was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. It’s going to be important,” the 34-year-old said in the lengthy response video. “When I mentioned women that look like me, I didn’t mean white like me. I mean the kind of women who other people might not believe, because they think, ‘Oh, well, look at her, she f**king deserves it’ or whatever. There are a lot of people like that.”
For those who missed it, fans accused Lana of accused her of being “racist” and “glamorizing abuse” with her music after she named women in the music industry who got “number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f**king, cheating, etc.” Some wondered why she listed almost all women of color in her Instagram post. Now, she addressed this in the video.
“I’m reminded constantly by my friends that, lyrically, there are complicated psychological factors that play into some of my songwriting, but I just wanna say that the culture is super sick right now, and the fact they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war, it’s really bad,” she added. “I’m super strong… you can call me whatever. I’m sorry that I didn’t add one 100% caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire. It really says more about you than it does about me.”
She continued, “What’s interesting is that the very first time I decide to tell you anything about my life, or that I’m writing books that chronicle that fragility, that 200,000 hateful, spiteful comments come in, and my phone number leaked, and comments like, ‘You fucking white b***h’. It’s the opposite of the spirit of an advocate. It’s what causes fragility, but it’s not gonna stop me. Period. I’m not the enemy, and I’m definitely not racist, so don’t get it twisted. Nobody gets to tell your story except for you, and that’s what I’m gonna do in the next couple of books. So god bless, and, yeah, f**k off if you don’t like the post.”
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