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Lana Del Rey Called 'Anti-Black' For Only Calling Out 'The Urban Girls'

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By Alyssa McCraw

Lana Del Rey is "fed up with female writers," just not the white ones.

The "Summertime Sadness," singer, 34, sparked some major controversy earlier today after pointing out what she views as a double standard being applied to women in music. Most of the conversation has surrounded her claiming to not "glamorize abuse," but something might've been said between the lines too.

In the first sentence of her "Open question to the culture," Del Rey called out a series of pop singers by name.

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She's Not 'Glamorizing Abuse'

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“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana [Grande], Camila [Cabello], Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f---ing, 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 (née Elizabeth Woolridge Grant) then defended her music as being universally applicable.

She's 'Just A Glamorous Person'

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"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 [in] emotionally abusive relationships all over the world."

Del Rey also said "it's pathetic that [her] minor lyrical explorations" have "made people say [she's] set women back hundreds of years."

Her lengthy letter was posted around 2:30 AM PT. One hour later, a trend was spotted between the women she chose to reference.

She Addressed 'The Culture' But Only Named 'Black Women Specifically'

Lana Del Rey
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"She aimed her question to 'the culture' and then proceeded to name black women specifically (and Ariana/Camilla) who make R&B, Hip Hop and Urban music," someone said on Twitter. "Why is that?

"Why not Taylor [Swift]? Billie [Eilish] Adele? [Lady] Gaga? Katy [Perry]? Dua [Lipa]? ... Why specifically the 'urban' girls?"

"Why target this towards urban audiences when the urban (read black) community has never engaged with Lana's music enough to have opinions on it," they added.

"Most of the critique she's gotten has been from white feminists who have issues with her message."

There Was 'A Clear Intent Behind Her Words'

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It was also expressed that, "out of all the white girls she could've named, she specifically chose the two with the most urban sound and association."

The series of tweets has since gone viral, and many feel there was "a clear intent behind her words."

"She probably chose them because of their Hispanic heritage," one replied, saying that "she's not getting a cookie for that."

Another found it "weird and kinda anti-black to mention women from a different genre from her. She could’ve made her points without name dropping and dragging Black [artists]."

Nathan Pirtle, a popular marketing expert, echoed this thought via Instagram. He specifically disliked Del Rey bringing down other women.

"Why do you have to disempower others to feel powerful?? That’s not ok," he wrote.

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