Singer Lana Del Ray returned to social media to respond to criticism after she compared herself to several of her fellow female singers who were mostly women of color.
“This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers,” she wrote on Instagram following backlash. “I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f*****g people.”
“And this is the problem with society today,” she continued.
“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 call me racist because that is bulls**t.”
In her final comment on the matter, Del Ray said her comments were more so “about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for a white woman.”
Del Ray has been facing backlash online since she published a lengthy message on her Instagram page on Thursday (May 21) addressing criticism that she glamorizes abuse in her music.
Posing a “question for the culture,” Del Ray commented that “Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila [Cabello], Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f*****g, cheating, etc.”
She then went on to ask, “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?”
Many people questioned why she felt the need to bring up the other women at all and why were most of them women of color. Reactions have continued to pour in from across social media in response to Del Ray’s comments.
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