MYour best friends are rappers. With these five words (and many more), Lana Del Rey announced the arrival of her new album, Chemtrails on the Country Club, and its blanket: eleven women dressed in a 1950s style outfit, all pearls and white linens, posing around a table. Almost all of the women appear to be white, possibly due to her suburban 1950s aesthetic. Without any prompting, the 35-year-old crooner chose to issue some sort of disclaimer regarding the image and the ‘album.
“We’re all a beautiful mix of everything – some more than others, which is visible and celebrated in everything I do,” she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram caption. “In 11 years of working, I’ve always been extremely inclusive without even trying to… My best friends are rappers, my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends come from all over, so before I comment again on a WOC / POC issue I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life, my thoughts and my love out there on the table 24 sept. Respect it.
It sounded like a preventative self-forgiveness, with the singer apparently using the word “rapper” to replace “black person” (“my best friends are rappers” maybe the new “some of my best friends are black”)), invoking the capture of the capital [sic] for reasons unknown, claiming that it “changes the world” in one way or another and demanding loyalty from color blind. Deaf would be an understatement. Unfortunately, she has not finished. On Monday, during an appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac, Del Rey argued that the Trump presidency was a necessary evil.
“Trump’s madness… As bad as it was, it really had to happen. We really needed a reflection of our world’s biggest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism. Especially in America. It’s gonna kill the world. It’s not capitalism, it’s narcissism, ”she said. “But, you know, I just think there’s actually minus our terrible death toll, I think it was a huge wake-up call.” (The “less our terrible death toll” does a lot working.)
Among the Trump-obsessed insurgents who killed a police officer (along with several of their own) and targeted Congressional leaders in their bloody assault on Capitol Hill, she said: “Watching people storm the Capitol, everything everyone can go see this and find out which Capitolises they stormed this year in their own monster lives. Because everyone is crazy. You know, half of the people I know are just idiots. As if I could imagine them saying, “Well, we need a change.” You know, and then the other half of the people I know is like looking at them with tears in their eyes, incredulous. And it’s sad, it’s scary. But it can happen in any country. (Look, I’m not sure which capitals I’ve stormed in my own monster life, but I’m pretty sure they’re not the Capitol Monster, and no one is dead. .)
Recent comments probably wouldn’t have caused such a stir if Del Rey – a liberal with a long history of denouncing Trump, and who once claimed she had cursed him when he was elected president – didn’t hadn’t. also took a series of missteps over the summer. On May 21, Del Rey posted some sort of Instagram manifesto on feminism while claiming that she had “paved the way” for a number of female artists to express themselves freely.
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number one with songs about being sexy, not wearing clothes, fucking, cheating and so on. , feeling beautiful being in love even if the relationship isn’t perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying I’m glamorous abuse ?????? Del Rey wrote.
Music fans have challenged Del Rey’s decision to primarily nominate artists of color and accuse them of being anti-feminists for expressing themselves sexually, while confusing their lyrics sexually before and dressing up with accusations that ‘herself glorifies domestic violence – in art alone her track’ Blue Jeans’, with a tattooed hand gripping her neck; in the song “Ultraviolence”, with his lyrics “He hit me and it was like a kiss… He hurt me but it was like a true love”, as the singer praises it and “the blessed union of his attacker ”; and in the simulated rape video she shot with Marilyn Manson and Eli Roth. “Let me be clear,” said Del Rey, “I’m not a feminist. But there has to be a place in feminism for women who look like me and act like me.
When the backlash hit, with the buzzword “Oh Lana” on Twitter, she posted a six minute black and white video to Instagram in which she insisted she was not a racist. , while comparing himself to another artist of color. , FKA Twigs, saying, “When I get on the pole, people call me a bitch, but when Twigs get on the pole, that’s art.” She also revealed that several of the performers she mentioned did not accept what she said – but instead of making her think, she stood firm in her belief that she was right.
“I’m sorry that two of the girls I’ve spoken to that have been mentioned in this post have a very different opinion of my point of view, especially because we’ve been so close for so long,” Del Rey said in the video. “But it really makes you, again, go deep into your heart and say, ‘Am I well meaning?’ And of course, for me, the answer is always yes.
“I am not the enemy and I am certainly not racist, so don’t get me wrong,” she concluded. “No one can tell your story except you, and that’s what I’ll be doing in the next two books. So, God bless you – and yes. Fuck you if you don’t like the message. “(Being with artists of color seems to be a running theme for Del Rey, as she’s also gotten into public talks with Kanye West and Azealia Banks.)
Ten days later, as millions took to the streets to protest for the lives of black people following the brutal murder of George Floyd, Del Rey posted side-by-side videos on Instagram of a Black Minneapolis protester standing at the top of a burnt out car holding a ‘no justice, no peace’ and one of the black protesters – with Del Rey’s camera zooming in on their faces so they are clearly visible – looting shops. Del Rey turned off comments on the post, presumably because she knew it would result in conviction, and then deleted the looting video after a number of black artists, including Kehlani and Tinashe, criticized her . (It should be noted that Del Rey was also pictured attending at least one Black Lives Matter event.)
It appears that in the Trump era, when white nationalists storm the US Capitol in the apparent hope of killing members of Congress, the character of Del Rey – a self-proclaimed “gangster Nancy Sinatra” breaking with the culture of “white trash” (his words), from trailers and biker gangs to toxic masculinity, to influential date-cops, has started to rub some people the wrong way. (Del Rey’s dad is an internet millionaire and she went to Kent School in Connecticut, a private school that costs $ 64,600 a year.)
“I moved into a trailer park when I made my first record. I got ten thousand dollars from Five Points Records and moved to Manhattan Mobile Home in New Jersey. And I was happy, because I was doing it for myself, ”she told Electronic Beats in 2013.“ There was an element of white trash to the way there was a time when I didn’t want to. not be part of mainstream society because I thought it was disgusting. I was trying to carve my piece of the pie in a creative way that I knew how. And I thought it was cool to live on my own and work with a famous producer. I was excited about the future at the time.
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