Lana Del Rey is tripling down on what she calls her "'controversial post' that's not controversial at all."
On May 21, the Norman Fucking Rockwell singer faced backlash over an Instagram post that predominantly singled out women of color in the music industry while defending herself against claims that her music is "glamorizing abuse" and promoting her next album.
"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, fucking, cheating, etc," Del Rey began her original post. "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?"
People had a lot to say about her statement, causing Del Rey to initially fire back in the comments section. Now, in a brand new post written on the evening of May 22, Del Rey has spoken out once again.
"Despite the feedback I've heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way—whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat," Del Rey wrote. "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 more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching." (Please note that the third wave of feminism began in the '90s and there is already a fourth wave.)
Lana Del Rey insists her target was not women of color, but instead "female critics and female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists." She then goes on to categorize those upset by her words are "super Trump/Pence supporters" or "hyper liberals" or flip-flopping headline-grabbing critics" who "can't read and want to make it a race war."
While she admits she perhaps could've given more "context" to her original post by revealing the title of her second book, Behind the Iron Gates—Insights from an Institution, this is definitely not an apology. "If the women I mention don't wanna be associated with me that's absolutely fine by me," she concludes. You can read the entire thing, below.
Doja Cat responded directly in the comments section, but Del Rey seems to imply that Ariana Grande reached out privately regarding the initial post. Fan accounts are even reporting that Del Rey unfollowed the "Rain On Me" artist. The pair recently collaborated on "Don't Call Me Angel" back in September, along with Miley Cyrus.
Grande has not made any official statement on the matter, but she did release an epic new music video for her latest hit with Lady Gaga.
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