Lana Del Rey may have put her foot in her mouth when she penned a lengthy essay defending her music while throwing major shade at other successful female artists. The drama started Thursday morning when the “Summertime Sadness” singer took to Instagram to announce her new album, along with calling out artists like Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Queen Bey.
Del Rey was responding to criticism that her music “glamorizes” abusive relationships, and in doing so, threw all the other musicians under the bus.
“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, 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???” Del Rey began her typed out message on IG.
Del Rey continued, airing out her frustrations with those who have been critical of her music and lyrics.
“I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.”
“With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”
34-year-old Del Rey also announced that her new album would drop in September and she would be delving into the controversial topics that she discussed.
After making her statement, Del Rey did not get the reaction she wanted because social media went wild over her dragging the other artists. Fans did not hold back their disdain for Del Rey’s message and aired out what they really think of the singer.
“Lana del Rey’s essay or whatever the f–k she posted was absolutely pathetic. You are a white woman in the industry speaking about ‘place for women like me’, and immediately opens up about being salty about black women artists who have reached the top. Grow the f–k up,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“i’m not even gon drag, just know that your teen mom suicide pact music didn’t pave the way for Beyoncé to do one single thing. not one,” another fan wrote in defense of Beyonce.
Others felt maybe they had missed the message on Del Rey’s post and tried to defend the singer.
“before any1 comes for her, lana del rey DID NOT shit on other women. she is saying that all women should be able to express themselves honestly in music without getting slandered for it. most of her songs are about the ugly truth. she just don’t want y’all to hate her for it,” the fan wrote.
Beyonce looking up who Lana Del Rey is .. pic.twitter.com/OF2xyFULQz
— Ave (@SebastianAvenue) May 21, 2020