Lana Del Rey was the subject of controversy on social media last week after she shared a lengthy message, which was criticized as racist and tone-deaf.
The “Born to Die” singer had made a post saying that “women like her” should be welcome in the feminist movement.
One of the main criticism her post received was where she mentioned women like Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Camila Cabello Kehlani, Ariana and said that now that they have No. 1 with “sexual songs” then she’s allowed to sing whatever she wants without saying she’s “glamorizing abuse.”
Many have accused her of being racist as many of the women she mentioned are Blacks and for a few weeks now, the Billboard chart was dominated by Women of Colour.
Meanwhile, in her latest video addressing the situation, she has shot down the accusation her post was racist.
“I don’t want to beat a dead horse and I don’t want to go on and on about this post thing, but I just want to remind you that in that post, my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made—thanks for being so warm and welcoming—was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement,” she opened the clip.
“It’s going to be important. And when I mentioned ‘women who look like me,’ I didn’t mean white like me, I mean the kind of women who other people might not believe because they think, ‘Oh, well, look at her, she fucking deserves it’ or whatever. There are a lot of people like that.”
“When I get on the pole, people call me a whore, but when [FKA] Twigs gets on the pole, it’s art,” she said. “I’m reminded constantly by my friends that lyrically there are complicated psychological factors that play into some of my songwriting, but I just wanna say that the culture is super sick right now. The fact they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war, it’s really bad.”
“I’m sorry that I didn’t add one 100 percent caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire,” she explained. “It really says more about you than it does me.”
As she reached the end of the clip, she addressed those who didn’t like her post or her defense of her comments. “I’m not the enemy,” she said. “I’m not a racist, don’t get it twisted. … So fuck off if you don’t like the post.”
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