Lana del rey

Lana Del Rey defends herself from backlash over a perceived racist Instagram post.

This week has probably not been good to Lana Del Ray as she was a subject of criticism for her comments on Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Camila, Ariana, Doja, Cat, Kehlani and Cardi B pertaining what she referred to as double standards in the music industry.

Here is a preview of her Instagram posts

Initially, Del Rey made a post on her Instagram denying allegations that her lyrics were anti-feminist or racists towards the female artists mentioned. She claimed that the fellow women artists had number one songs wearing no clothes and cheating and for her the industry ought to allow free singing without crucifixion.

 She said

“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.”

But then her post did not turn out as expected as criticism was quickly directed on her especially based on her mentioning perceived “Women of Color” female artists.

Responding to user comments on her posts, Del Rey said

“This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. 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. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullshit”

In an American society that is increasingly becoming sensitive to racists attacks and championing for tolerance and appreciation of each other’s uniqueness, it may be understood where all those calling her out are coming from. But the biggest question here is what happens to freedom of speech? can’t anyone speak or write freely without being conscious of potential perceptions of their utterances?

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