“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**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?"
It’s SO corny of Lana to list all those women as if they don’t have to deal with hate for embracing their sexuality. Especially given how black women are constantly dragged no matter the genre.
Ain’t nobody stopping you from making your lounge music sweetie. Pls.
— ΛDRIΛN (@AdrianXpression) May 21, 2020
think Lana’s post would have been fine if she hadn’t compared herself to a group of mostly black women with the clear tone that she thinks she’s been treated worse by the media when that’s observably untrue
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) May 21, 2020
That's what left me confused, they threatened to lynch beyonce and her entire family, if her motive was to drag the industry, not the women, she shouldve named the TABLOIDS insulting her, not the POC women shes mad at for going #1
— ???????????? (@megaahego) May 21, 2020
lana didn't drag anyone but tbh she could've proved her point in a better way, all the women that she named have been through backlashes because of their works. she's not the only one going through it. women in music industry really deserve better.
— rafia (@repromantics) May 21, 2020
What’s blowing my mind is that Lana Del Rey is VERY successful. VERY accomplished. Her debut sold more records than names mentioned COMBINED. What is she talking about???
— MXM (@mxmsworld) May 21, 2020
Yes, conversations about misogynistic double standards ARE important. But don’t make yourself a martyr for the cause by bringing down other women to make a point. Feminism is already for delicate cisgender white women, Lana. You’ve had a place at the table for a long time.
— Kat Bee (@katbeee) May 21, 2020
Many are also upset with Del Rey taking issue with critics when she has admitted that she has struggled with expressing her thoughts effectively on abuse.
In 2017, she told Pitchfork that she doesn't sing the line "he hit me and it felt like a kiss" from the track "Ultraviolence" anymore.
"Having someone be aggressive in a relationship was the only relationship I knew. I'm not going to say that that [lyric] was 100% true, but I do feel comfortable saying what I was used to was a difficult, tumultuous relationship, and it wasn't because of me. It didn't come from my end."
None of the women Del Rey mentioned in her post have responded to the singer's comments.
Well, that was a fail.