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Lana Del Rey Is Facing Backlash After Firing Back At Critics 

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By Jordan White

On May 21, Lana Del Rey called out critics who've attacked her for “glamorizing abuse.”

The 34-year-old took to Instagram with a lengthy post detailing her negative experience with the music industry.

“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 began.

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Lana Del Rey taking a mirror selfie.
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She added, “I am 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.”

Since the beginning, Del Rey's songs have been about her relationships. Her first hit, "Video Games," was about a dismissive significant other whom she loved.

Del Rey continued her post calling it “pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationship has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”

Lana Del Rey as a child with a dog on her lap.
Lana Del Rey/Instagram

Several of Del Rey's songs discuss abusive relationships.

In her track, "Off To The Races,” she sang, “My old man is a bad man.”

"He hit me and it felt like a kiss," she said in her song "Ultraviolet."

"I've been honest about the challenging relationships I've had," the artist said on Instagram. "That's just how it is for many women."

During a 2017 interview with Pitchfork, Del Rey defended her songs saying, "Having someone be aggressive in a relationship was the only relationship I knew."

Lana Del Rey grinning while wearing a wide brimmed hat.
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The “Born to Die” singer then made it clear that she is “not a feminist,” but said “there needs 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," she said.

Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Ariana Grande posing together.
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At the end of her message, Del Rey told fans she’ll be “detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry,” which she’ll donate the proceeds to her choice of Native American foundation.

She finished by writing, “And I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album that comes out September 5th.”

And while fans thought the singer made some good points, they wish she hadn’t mentioned other female artists in the process.

That said, some didn’t take what Del Rey said as negative, claiming she wasn’t tearing down the other artists. But instead, trying to make a point that some women aren’t judged for what they sing, while others are.

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