Lana Del Rey at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Picture: Reuters
Lana Del Rey at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Picture: Reuters

Lana Del Rey comes for Ariana, Nicki, Beyoncé and Cardi B in explosive rant

By Bang Showbiz Time of article published May 21, 2020

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Lana Del Rey has posted an explosive statement in which she hits out at those who have accused her of "glamorising abuse" and being "hysterical" with her sad music.

The "Born to Die" hitmaker posted an explosive statement on Instagram, in which she confirmed her new album will be released on September 5, and also name-dropped Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who she bemoaned for having "number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating".

Lana then aired her frustration at being called "hysterical" for writing songs about her "submissive or passive roles" in "relationships", and insisted there "has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like" her, who are "slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves".

She began: "Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, 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 glamorising abuse???????

"I'm fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorise 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.

"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.

"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 men hear yes - 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.

"I've been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I've had.

"News flash! That's just how it is for many women.

And that was sadly my experience up until the point that those records were made."

On being slated for being "hysterical" for documenting her "sadness" on her first two records, 2010's self-titled LP and 2012's "Born to Die", she fumed: "So I just want to say it's been a long 10 years of bulls*** reviews up until recently and I've learned a lot from them, but also I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop 'putting on a happy face' and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted in their music - unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s."

Lana is going to put "tinges" of these pent-up frustrations into her upcoming follow-up to 2019's 'Norman F***ing Rockwell' and her two poetry books.

She concluded: "Anyways none of this has anything to do about much but I'll be detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry (mostly the second one) with Simon and Schuster.

"Yes I'm still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the book to my choice of Native American foundations which I'm very happy about. And I'm sure there will be tinges of what I've been pondering in my new album that comes out September 5th.

"Happy quarantining. (sic)"

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