We know and love (or tolerate?) Lana Del Rey for music that makes you feel like you’re delicately eating cigarettes beneath the full moonlight. Upon closer look, though, some of her lyrics and messages have been critiqued, seen as glamorizing abuse and promoting unjust gender roles in relationships.
Recently, Lana Del Rey came at the critics who claim this, but with a potentially sour beginning. Starting by naming other female artists, and notably women of color at that. She names Doja Cat, Ariana, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce, demonstrating that they are allowed to write songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, and cheating with no consequence. She continues that it is unfair that she cannot write openly about her experiences of womanhood without negative backlash. Lana Del Rey’s grievance follows with an open letter explaining how she, just like other artists, should be able to explore topics that appeal to her experience directly.
Admittedly, the notion that she maintains a right to her own artistic liberty seems appealing. But to what extent is she able to do so while knocking other number one female artists down?
As Lana claims she’s “not not a feminist” in her complaint, a red flag might be raised here. Did she completely nullify her argument by tearing specific women to shreds?
None other than those on Twitter were quick to respond to Lana Del Rey’s claims and swiftly cancel her existence. Some users say that mentioning other female artists was out of hand. Others claimed that her entire post was unnecessary, quickly blocking her music on Spotify.
On the other hand, shared sentiment arose that Lana is just highlighting double standards. But a question still rises as to whether any name drop—especially towards other women—was ever necessary. Female artist stans on all sides are questioning the nature of how women are meant to behave in the music industry. There’s a lot to unpack surrounding those questions.
Being sexy, behaving in a delicate manner, showing skin, playing a passive role, being in love, dancing for money: it should all be totally acceptable. Women don’t need to fit an archetype. Women certainly don’t need to tear other women’s decisions apart in order to justify any state of being. Lana Del Rey almost had it right. But name drops and comparisons are certainly problematic, especially when policing other women’s creative liberty.
Is it justified to cancel Lana Del Rey?
Blocked and deleted.
No. She really should’ve proofread.
Eh, we all make mistakes.