Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey has often been accused of portraying problematic ideas through her songs. Many have accused her of romanticizing and glamourizing abusive relationships, which has a direct impact on her followers.
In an interview with FABER in 2013, Lorde talked about the artist and her songs –
“I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: ‘I’m nothing without you.’ This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff. That’s not a good thing for young girls, even young people, to hear.”
Musician Kim Gordon released her memoir, Girl In a Band, in 2015. A passage from a draft of her memoir, which was deleted from the final version, spoke about Lana. She said –
“Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey … who believes women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts toward self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross old men or getting gang raped by bikers. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice.”
Lana has now responded to these accusations.
WHAT DID LANA DEL REY SAY?
Del Rey put up a lengthy message on her Instagram account.
“Question for the culture, 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 – 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 added –
“I’m not not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.”
“I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop ‘putting on a happy face’ and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted to in their music – unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s”.
Lana’s statement attracted widespread criticism. Many accused her of taking credit for female black artists, which defines every single artist she named in her post, with the exception of Ariana Grande. Others came after her for ignoring the immense criticism that all of these black women face in general, and even more so for owning up to their sexualities.
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
If you’re on about the critics -mention the critics. The women she mentioned face the same/worse stigma -she could have used them to promote her point instead of trivialise their experiences of the industry.
— Yella Bella (@thediablerie) May 21, 2020