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Inciting A Stan War

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey | Instagram

Singer Lana Del Rey decided to kick off Gemini season with a bang, going off on a long Instagram rant about her career and the difficulties that she has faced in the industry. However, Del Rey made the decision to call out several women of color in her rant, making it all sound pretty racist. Del Rey wrote on Instagram:

"Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had numbers ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f-cking, 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??????"

A Misguided Rant

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey | Instagram

People immediately started calling out Del Rey for her misguided rant, and the "Young & Beautiful" singer decided that the best way to handle the criticism was to double down on Instagram. She responded to her critics in a number of comments on her original post and in her Instagram stories. She wrote:

"To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things. I f--king love these singers and know them. #that is why I mentioned them… I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria. There you go… By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying."

Facing Criticism

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey | Instagram

Del Rey addressed the accusations of racism directly, decrying the "Karen" label and being rather aggressive about the criticism.

"Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f--king people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post – there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls--t."

Doubling Down

Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, and Ariana Grande
Lana Del Rey | Instagram

Del Rey continued to clarify her original statements, writing:

"And my last and final note on everything—when I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful."

Del Rey doesn't seem to have learned much from the ordeal, so hopefully she will listen to people when they tell her that she shouldn't compare her struggles with those of women of color.

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