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

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Later in her statement, Del Rey explained that her songs are based on her personal experiences navigating "challenging relationships." The pop star has a reputation for exploring dark themes, such as domestic violence and depression, in her music, including on last year's Grammy-nominated "Norman F---ing Rockwell."

She also has a reputation for sparring with music critics with whom she disagrees, most notably NPR's Ann Powers.

"I'm 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 abusive relationships all over the world," she continued.

"With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it's pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I've set women back hundreds of years."

Comparing herself again to her industry peers, Del Rey also claimed she continues to receive unfair treatment in the press for singing her complex truth, while she believes others can now express themselves more freely because she "paved the way" for them.

"Let this be clear, I'm not not a feminist -- but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me," she said. "The kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.


"I've been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I've had. ... I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop 'putting on a happy face' and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted in their music -- unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s."

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