Lana Del Rey Reacts To Criticism For Lack Of Diversity On Album Cover: My Best Friends Are Rappers, My Boyfriends Have Been Rappers
Lana Del Rey is facing backlash after unveiling the cover for her new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club.
The singer debuted the artwork for her seventh studio album on Instagram Sunday, Jan. 10th. She included the caption:
“There’s always turmoil and upheaval and in the midst of it- there’s always beautiful music too
introducing my new album chemtrails over the country club”
While many congratulated her on the project, some took issue with the cover and accused it of not having enough diversity. She reacted to the criticism and wrote:
“I also want to say that with everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And d—! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you.”
Lana Del Rey continued:
“My beautiful friend Valerie from Del Rio Mexico, my dearest friend Alex and my gorgeous friend Dakota Rain as well as my sweetheart Tatiana. These are my friends this is my life. We are all a beautiful mix of everything- some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do.”
She went on to say that throughout her career, which spans over more than a decade, she’s been intentional about including various cultures. She added that she’s close with people who are rappers, and stated that she’s “changing the world.”
“In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.”
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