Lana Del Rey Responds To Twitter Backlash, ‘I Haven’t Had The Same Opportunity To…’
A lot of people have taken issue with singer Lana Del Rey’s recent social media comments. The Grammy nominee confirmed the release date for her upcoming album and posted an open letter defending herself against claims of “glorifying abuse” in her music.
But before doing that, she dropped the names of several popular female artists, comparing the content of their songs to her own. People are not happy with how she went about making her point.
This is how she followed up with the post that had Twitter up in arms.
Lana Del Rey Calls Out Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Doja Cat And More
Lana started the message with a “question for the culture.” She went on to name Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé, saying they’ve had No. 1 songs about “being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc.”
In contrast, she described her own music as being about “being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money.” She said she’s been “crucified” and accused of “glorifying abuse” because she sometimes sings about “submissive or passive roles in my relationships.”
She said there should be a “place in feminism” for women like her, “who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.”
Lana said she’s only been “honest” in her music about the “challenging relationships” she’s had. She called out “bullshit reviews,” saying that her sadness was deemed “hysterical.”
Twitter Is Dragging Lana For Her Comments
Many people on social media have taken issue with Lana’s comments, specifically her choice to call out mostly women of color. “Why is that? Why not Taylor? Billie? Adele? Gaga? Katy? Dua?” one Twitter user wondered. “Why specifically the ‘urban’ girls?”
Another user pointed out that black women haven’t been the ones to give Lana Del Rey “a hard time” over her music, so it’s strange that she would single them out in her post.
Someone else said her argument would be fine if she hadn’t “compared herself to a group of mostly black women with the clear tone that she thinks she’s been treated worse by the media when that’s observably untrue.”
One particularly popular response points out that the artists she mentioned have dealt with their own negative responses from the public, including death threats. “All the women Lana mentioned have been through hell,” the user wrote.
One of the artists Lana named in her letter, Doja Cat, has responded to the singer’s remarks. She left a comment on Lana’s Instagram post, writing, “gang sunk that dunker.”
At the end of her post, Lana said her new album is coming out September 5, and she’ll also be releasing two more books of poetry. But those announcements were overshadowed by the message that preceded them.