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After Backlash, Lana Del Rey Defends Recent Comments in Instagram Posts

Friday May 22, 2020

Lana Del Rey is defending the comments she made in a recent Instagram post where she announced a new album and took aim at criticism against her.

After drawing ire from people across social media, Lana responded to the backlash in the comments section in her post, where she had criticized a number of her contemporaries (mostly women of color). In her post, where she said a new album would arrive on Sept. 5, she claimed the musicians (including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Doja Cat and others) "have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc." She then wrote that she wants to "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."

In the comments, Lana addressed people who took issue with the artists she chose to mention, Pitchfork reports.

"Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I'm talking about my favorite singers," she wrote. "I could've literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking 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 bullshit," she added.

In another comment, the "Love" singer added: "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."

As well as: "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 women—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful."

After that, she shared an Instagram video with the simple caption: "#fuckoff."

Below, see some of the Twitter responses to Lana's post that sparked her to defend herself.

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