Lana Del Rey slammed for dissing Beyonce and other female artists of color

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Lana Del Rey is once again critiquing her critics, and this time she's dragging other female artists into the fray.

In a lengthy Instagram post name-checking Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello, among others, the "Norman F---ing Rockwell" singer hit back at people who say she's "glamorizing abuse" in her music. (She also announced the release date of her new album: Sept. 5.)

"Question for the culture," Del Rey wrote on Thursday. "Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce 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???????"

While many fans praised Del Rey for speaking her mind, several others criticized her for appearing to judge other women -- mostly women of color -- for their success.

"So what we're not gonna do is demonize black female artists for singing about sex and the realities of their love lives," one person commented. "I get what you're saying, but you didn't have name drop and disrespect a bunch of black women."

"You have no right to rain on anyones parade and try to discredit their successes," wrote another. "No matter what they chose to write about the song went number one for a reason :) dont be a sore loser."


Others wondered why Del Rey's missive failed to mention prominent white artists, such as Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and noted that the women she mentioned haven't exactly had it easy in the music industry.

Earlier this month, cookbook author Alison Roman faced similar backlash for insulting two women of color with booming lifestyle businesses: celebrity chef Chrissy Teigen and "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" organizer Marie Kondo.

Roman later apologized for her remarks, acknowledging her privilege as a white woman, but her cooking column for The New York Times is now on "temporary leave."

A representative for Del Rey did not immediately respond to the Los Angeles Times' request for comment.


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