Lana Del Rey Sparked Controversy Among Fans With Her Latest Album Announcement
Update: Lana del Rey defended her previous comments, addressing the accusations of racism and saying that she mentioned specific artists because they were her "favorite singers."
“I fucking love these singers and know them,” she wrote in her comments section. She continued, responding to specific comments and critics, writing “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people.”
She continued: “And this is the problem with society today, 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 ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullshit.”
Though she posted a few comments, she did leave fans and critics with a final remark:
"And my last and final note on everything — when I said people who look like me — I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman — thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful."
She also posted this clip to her feed, adding the hashtag #fuckoff.
Previously: In a late night Instagram post on Thursday, Lana Del Rey announced that she plans to release a new album on September 5. But that wasn't all. She took the opportunity to express concerns about the reception of her music in the past.
"Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes f–king, 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?," she wrote in the post.
She goes on to say she is "fed up" with "female writers" saying these things about her and adds that she feels she is 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 Rey continues, "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.”
She also claimed that people called her "hysterical" after her first two albums before going on to add that she will detail these feelings in two new poetry books.
In a later photo, the singer posted a picture of producer Jack Antonoff on a zoom call. Antonoff produced her 2019 album Norman F–ing Rockwell and it's safe to assume he's working with her on this one as well.
While many fans were thrilled about the announcement and immediately came to her defense, several others weren't happy with the way she chose to express her concerns by using other artists. "What killing me is Lana thinking she’s gotten more harsh critique than a Nicki Minaj or a Beyoncé throughout their careers," one person wrote.
Del Rey hasn't responded to critics of her post or given any more details about the upcoming album.