Lana Del Rey might want to go back to the drawing board as the singer announced a new album on the heels of a controversial Instagram post that appeared to take slight digs at women of color. Del Rey named Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and other artists for having lyrics that glorify “bad girl” behavior while hitting back at her critics who say she “glamorizes abuse.”
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, Del Rey, 34, shared the post and opened it with naming her fellow women artists while attempting to connect to a greater point.
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f*cking, cheating, etc – can I please 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??????” Del Ray starts.
She continued with, “I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world.”
Del Ray then adds, “With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”
Del Ray then pivoted to her well-known stance that she does not identify as a feminist but believes there’s a place for women like her in the movement.
“Let this be clear, I’m not not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but mean hear yet – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.”
Del Ray concluded the post by announcing two new books of poetry, which she made sure to mention were coming via publishers Simon and Schuster, and a new album slated to be released on September 5, and serves as a followup to her 2019 project, Norman F*cking Rockwell.
Across Twitter, Lana Del Rey’s name began trending with some taking note of her mentioning of the aforementioned artists to prove her larger point. We’ve got those reactions listed out below.
Lana Del Rey Names Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj & Others In Curiously Timed Instagram Post, Twitter Reacts was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Doja Cat: If you spend some money then maybe I just might fuck ya...— 𝕡𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕠 𝕗𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕪 (@fentypablonde) May 21, 2020
Beyoncé: Can you eat my skittles? It’s the sweetest in the middle...
Nicki: My anaconda don’t, my anaconda don’t...
Ariana: Oh he give it to me, every day, every day, every day...
Lana del Rey: pic.twitter.com/XyhWJA4YCL
All of the stans joining forces to come for Lana Del Rey pic.twitter.com/PcLgDuEnca— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 21, 2020
Black women: *make history*; *finally receive the accolades they deserve for their talent*— Cheye (2021 heaux) (@wumbooty) May 21, 2020
white women like Lana Del Rey: but what about ME!??????
It’s like clockwork; imagine how exhausted we are
Lana Del Rey said “ Something about these niggers being on the top charts doesn’t sit right with me”— Leance (@missgurllea) May 21, 2020
me seeing that lana del rey is trending vs. me scrolling through the hashtag pic.twitter.com/jnRcOtMLF7— 𝔪𝔞𝔯𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔞 (@vhspoetrykid) May 21, 2020
Dear Lana it's never been a Lana Del Rey only problem, Beyoncé is still getting hate for every move she does, women are still struggling to fully express themselves. And the crazy thing is most of the hate is coming from women and privileged white feminists. pic.twitter.com/Vya1FJ2ZsY— Issa (@iBeyonceMusic) May 21, 2020
Lana Del Rey: I was dragged and put through hell by critics and pop culture for years for singing about my mental state in abusive relationships— Allison ⚔️🐁 🏹 (@yosemitevermore) May 21, 2020
Stan twitter when they see their favs name and don’t bother to read more:
Lana Del Rey really don’t give no fucks no more. pic.twitter.com/QU1nRrKHMn— The Cult of Del Rey (@CinamonSlut) May 21, 2020
megan thee stallion: i’m a savage— clemmie (@cIemmie) May 21, 2020
lana del rey: pic.twitter.com/AUYEYqkgRo
Reading Lana Del Rey’s rant on Instagram and then seeing the album release date pic.twitter.com/aSsxxfRNUD— that’s rough (@CelinaIsaacs) May 21, 2020
There was no problem for Taylor Swift to acknowledge how Lana Del Rey “was ruthlessly criticized in her early career”, but when Lana HERSELF speaks up about her own criticism, people are mad and want to cancel her? https://t.co/GJr7YrYWpF— The Cult of Del Rey (@CinamonSlut) May 21, 2020
watch the artists lana del rey mentioned support her for speaking up then the same stans that dragged lana switch up and act that they understood the point all along pic.twitter.com/GT9GWFmFYw— gab (@thetrashgab) May 21, 2020
Lana del rey now after setting stan Twitter on fire. pic.twitter.com/VrkdXWxYiR— أدونيس✨ (@AdonisArmanazi) May 21, 2020
We are gonna get round two of— The Cult of Del Rey (@CinamonSlut) May 21, 2020
Lana Del Rey VS Azealia banks
because of this. 💀 pic.twitter.com/B0KQt29KUr
when azealia banks wakes up and sees lana del rey getting dragged pic.twitter.com/XrcJQpY6iw— chu (@chuuzus) May 21, 2020