Lana Del Rey addresses music industry double standards in controversial post

Lana Del Rey addresses music industry double standards in controversial post

The singer says she is "fed up with female writers and alt singers" saying that she glamourises abuse in her music.

Lana Del Rey
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Lana Del Rey is dropping her new album in September. She made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday while defending her previous songs and albums.

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The 'Young and Beautiful' hitmaker caused an uproar online when she name-dropped stars such as Beyoncé while talking about double standards in the music industry. 

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"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, f***ing, 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 wrote. 

The ''Born to Die' singer added that she sings about “the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world.”

“I've been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I've had. News flash! That's just how it is for many women,” she wrote. 

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The 'Summertime Sadness' star expressed her frustration at the reviews she has been getting over the years where she was called "hysterical”.

"So I just want to say it's been a long 10 years of bulls*** reviews up until recently and I've learned a lot from them, but also 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."

She further stated that there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like her. 

"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 - the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes - 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."

Lana explained that she doesn’t dislike the artists she mentioned, but just wanted freedom of expression “without judgment of hysteria”.

“By the way, the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying,” she wrote in the comment section of her post. 

Read the full statement below. 

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Image courtesy of Instagram/ @lanadelrey

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