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Lana Del Rey Clarifies Viral Instagram Rant Wasn't About Race: "I'm Talking About My Favorite Singers"

Lana Del Rey Clarifies Viral Rant Wasn't About Race: "I'm Talking About My Favorite Singers"
May 22, 2020 - 18:30 / Hayley Paskevich

Responding in the comments to her social media rant, Lana Del Rey is hitting back at those accusing her of racism. This is what she said about the singers she named!

Lana Del Rey didn't expect a post she made on Instagram recently to go viral for all the wrong reasons! On Thursday, Del Rey took to the photo sharing social media platform to post a written statement, where she explained that she's tired of critics claiming that she "glamorizes abuse" in her music. However, that post soon circulated the internet as many accused the singer's remarks of being racist.

After name-checking popular female artists in her statement— many of whom happened to be women of colour such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B— Del Rey went on to say that "there has to be kind of a place in feminism for women who look and act like me." According to her though, the original message of her post was taken wildly out of context!

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Lana Del Rey attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 28, 2018.

Del Rey says criticism of rant "is the problem with society today"

Del Rey was fed up with seeing people online saying that her words were an attack on women of colour. And as People reports, that's exactly why she took to the comments section of her own post, providing some clarity regarding the message she intended to share. "Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers," Del Rey wrote.

"I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f—ing people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be," she continued. "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." 

She went on to say that while she's over the whole issue, it upsets her that people are saying she's racist due to her post. "I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist," Del Rey said, "because that is bulls—."

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Lana Del Rey, wearing Gucci, attends 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Catherine Opie and Guillermo del Toro presented by Gucci on November 3, 2018.

Del Rey explains her original comments in relation to feminism

Del Rey also clarified the remarks she made about feminism, leaving a second comment specifically addressing what she meant by "people who look like me." And my last and final note on everything," Del Rey said, "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 said. Given that "Karen" has become internet slang for "entitled white woman," Del Rey's last comment on the matter can be read with sarcasm— a clapback itself in reponse to her original callout.