[quote]Lana Del Rey is sparking conversations this morning after posting a lengthy message to her social accounts, pointing to female artists who've topped charts with songs with sexually provocative lyrics, and calling out the criticism that her own music "glamorizes abuse."
[quote]"Question for the culture," she began, "Now that Doja Cat, Ariana [Grande], Camila [Cabello], Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, 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 I'm glamorizing abuse??????"
[quote]Her comments arrive a week after Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, and Megan Thee Stallion landed the top two positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making history as the first Black women solo artists to do so. All the other artists that Del Rey named have scored number one hits in recent years except Kehlani, according to her Billboard history.
[quote]Del Rey's opening statement was her most contentious, as readers promptly noticed that the artists she named were mostly women of color. Some questioned whether it was necessary for the singer to even name names, and others defended these artists for embracing sexuality in their music—something women, especially women of color, are often chastised for doing.
[quote]Hours after her original post made headlines, Lana Del Rey responded to the backlash surrounding her much-talked-about statement with a few updates on Instagram. Among them was a video compilation of herself pole dancing with the hashtag "#fuckoff" in the caption. And on her Instagram Story, the singer also posted screenshots of two replies she wrote in her comments. In the first message, she addressed claims that she was trying to take away from the success of several women of color in music. In her original post, Del Rey had name-dropped artists including Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Kehlani, Doja Cat, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello for landing number-one songs “about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc” while she was criticized for “glamorizing abuse.”