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Yesterday, Ms. Lana Del Rey made an Instagram post stating her frustration toward people who say that she glamorizes abuse in her music, but instead of defending her music, she takes a turn for the worst and takes digs at mostly minority artists such as Doja Cat, Beyonce, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj.
Instead of explaining what the points that she tries to get across in her music, she whines about why her music isn’t receiving the chart-topping numbers that these artists do, and she bogs it down to that these women only talk about “being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating etc”
For context, in Lana Del Rey’s music, she glamorizes a time period that ranges between the 1920s and 1960s. Yes, an era were minorities weren’t considered equal and all women were only to play the role as the housewife. She writes about imperfect relationships and the realities of emotionally abusive relationships. While in theory that it could help women who are currently in abusive relationships, who is really listening to her music and wanting to fantasize over the time period she is stuck in?
Maybe the reason that her songs don’t chart as well is because people just don’t enjoy your music like that. The group of women that would be her target audience is such a specific niche, and it only makes since that her songs aren’t Billboard 100 hits.
She also acts like only women who are openly talking about their sexuality and having body confidence are the ones that receive praise. She doesn’t even mention the fantastic artists that receive praise for their introspection and exploration of relationships. Weyes Blood, Stella Donnelly, Little Simz, and FKA Twigs all received praise for their music last year, and none of them involved any of the topics that you just generalized to other women in music. Not to mention that these women whom she mentions in her opening paragraph have made introspective record to. Has Lana never listened to Beyonce’s Lemonade?
Why go after a certain group of women if what you are saying isn’t even true? She also begins the rant awkwardly by addressing it to “the culture”. We all know that a specific group of people only refer to the culture as “the culture”.
Up until her last album, Norman F***ing Rockwell, her albums have been pretty dry, bland, and boring. If you were to define music that would put one to sleep for all the wrong reasons, Lana Del Rey would be the poster-child.
In all seriousness, this was a completely unnecessary post. If Lana wants women to talk about whatever they want in music, then just let them be. There doesn’t need to be an entire post dedicated to talking about being “real about relationships” because everyone has a different experience in theirs. No one relationship is the same.
The post screams insecurity and the need for attention. It was out of line for her to speak on how other artists make their music. Just go on smoking your cancer sticks and continue fantasizing over an awful era of history.