Lana Del Rey’s criticism of Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Doja Cat seem to be more personal than professional as she hates the player and not the game by firing shots at almost exclusively Black women in latest post and retorts don’t call me a racist!

Written by: Kay Montgomery – May 22nd, 2020 11:43am pst

BHL Op Ed: Lana Del Rey’s “Open Letter”

Lana Del Rey aka Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, has been in hot water this week following a lengthy open letter penned about the music industry and her struggle, specifically as a woman in it. While defending herself against criticism she’s received by some for the messages in her music, she noted a long list of successful women musicians, almost all of whom were African American, as being immune from the same criticism. She questioned that while they all sang about “being sexy, wearing no clothes… cheating, etc.” and got number one hits, can she sing about “being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love”?

She unfortunately hasn’t afforded the same complexity in her simple reading of the artists she listed in her statement. 

The “My p____ tastes like Pepsi Cola” singer also posted a video of herself pole dancing on her Instagram seemingly, enforcing her tagline that’s on her twitter, 

Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself; I am large – I contain multitudes.”

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She later attempted to defend the comments which some saw as misogynist and racially insensitive by posting another statement to Instagram demanding not to be called a racist. 

“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. 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.”

The assertion that Beyonce Giselle Knowles who has been in the music industry since she was 9 years old and is a black woman in a white male run industry, has not endured the same or more criticism than Lana Del Rey definitely rankled some feathers on Twitter. 

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With twitter user C commenting that 

“Lana blatantly ignoring the criticism Beyonce, Nicki and other Black women have received (and continue to)…Commercial success hasn’t made them exempt from misogynistic attacks masked as constructive criticism.” 

And Shon Faye highlighting that 

“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.” 

There is indeed much to unpack when it comes to language in the post in just the intro, as she entones “Question for the culture”.

About The Author:

Kay Montgomery is a host and writer for Black Hollywood Live who loves sitcoms and is currently embroiled in a vicious debate on Bracketology. She is A Different World devotee and although she has a masters degree in Education from The University of Redlands, she would have given anything to go to fictional Hillman College.

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