Lana Del Rey Says She Received Over 200K Hate Comments Amid Recent Backlash: It’s Not Gonna Stop Me
After facing severe backlash for mentioning Beyoncé, Cardi B names during her rant on Instagram, Lana Del Rey has responded again. Days prior (May 21), Lana Del Rey took to Instagram to respond to critics claims that she glamorizes abuse, but when she mentioned the names of two A-list celebrities that have occupied the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, viewers responded under her comments. She initially referenced their name to refer to their use of racy lyrics that led to making Billboard history. Beyonce, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and Nicki Minaj all recently (May 18) made history as the first four black women to occupy the top two spots on Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Now, in a 6-minute video posted to her Instagram account, the 34-year-old songwriter defended her recent comments.
She captioned the post;
Nobody gets to tell your story
In the opening of the video, Lana Del Rey said:
I don’t wanna beat a dead horse […] but I just wanna remind you that in that post, my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made, was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. When I mentioned women that 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 f*cking deserves it’ or whatever. There are a lot of people like that.” […]
“I think it’s sad that the women I mentioned, and that they’d sing about dancing for money or whatever… the same stuff by the way that I’ve been singing about and chronicling for 13 years. That’s why I’m in that echelon. Yes, they are my friends and peers and contemporaries.
The difference is, when I get on the pole, people call me a whore, but when [FKA] twigs gets on the pole, it’s art.
She went on to say:
“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, and 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% caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire. It really says more about you than it does about me.
In the final minutes of her video, Lana Del Rey states:
“What’s interesting is that the very first time I decide to tell you anything about my life, or that I’m writing books that chronicle that fragility, that 200,000 hateful, spiteful comments come in, and my phone number leaked, and comments like, ‘You f*cking white b*tch’. It’s the opposite of the spirit of an advocate. It’s what causes fragility, but it’s not gonna stop me. Period […]
I’m not the enemy, and I’m definitely not racist, so don’t get it twisted. Nobody gets to tell your story except for you, and that’s what I’m gonna do in the next couple of books. So god bless, and, yeah, fuck off if you don’t like the post.”
Watch the full video below.
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