In a recent Instagram post, Lana Del Ray implied Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Mendes, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé haven’t experienced the same level of criticism she has for writing about sex, love, and power.
“Question for the culture,” Del Rey wrote on in the post. “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, having sex, 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 went on to say: “I am fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.”
The timing on this isn’t coincidental and it’s not surprising. Just last week, Doja Cat, Nicki, Beyoncé, and Megan Thee Stallion together made Billboard 100 history by becoming the first Black women to hold the No. 1 and 2 spots with their songs. Kehlani recently celebrated her album It Was Good Until it Wasn’t, making the highest first-week sales in her 10-year career. And Ariana Grande’s song with Justin Bieber, “Stuck With U,” raised money for COVID-19 relief efforts.
While some fans praised Lana Del Rey for speaking her mind, several others criticized her for appearing to judge other women, mostly women of color, for their success.
She aimed her question to "the culture" and then proceeded to name black women specifically (and Ariana/Camilla) who make R&B, Hip Hop and Urban music.
Why is that? Why not Taylor? Billie? Adele? Gaga? Katy? Dua?… Why specifically the "urban" girls? https://t.co/PqGODKqIVI
— Sisa (@Titanbaddie) May 21, 2020
Beyoncé was threatened to get lynched because she dared to sing about police brutality, Ariana got death threats for the death of her boyfriend that she had no control over. Kehlani got death + rape threats for a breakup song. All the women Lana mentioned have been through hell.
— Tayoncé Defense Attorney (@BlueIvysDoormat) 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
I don’t know who was giving Lana Del Rey a hard time but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Black women. Girl, sing your little cocaine carols and leave us alone.
— jamilah (is in the crib like you should be.) (@JamilahLemieux) May 21, 2020
Forget all the name dropping. She said there needs to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me.
Mainstream feminism is for white women, it has long ignored the duality in identity carried by women that are not white. This is the height of ignorance. https://t.co/HhtYD0RghT
— Lateef (@LateefSaka) May 21, 2020