Lana Del Rey faced major backlash on Thursday after she posted a lengthy Instagram rant in which she happened to name-check female musicians of color with more mainstream success than her.
And on Friday afternoon, the 34-year-old singer provided some 'final notes' on her 'controversial post' and insisted that 'critics can't read and want to make [her post into] a race war.'
'But in truth making it about race says so much more about you than it does about me – you want the drama,' wrote Lana.
She started out her follow-up message by stating that her initial post was 'not controversial at all' and that, despite the criticism, she has remained firm on her stance.
Final words: Nn Friday afternoon, Lana Del Rey provided some 'final notes' on her 'controversial post' and insisted that 'critics can't read and want to make [her post into] a race war'; Lana pictured in 2018
'Despite the feedback I've heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way, whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat – I want to say that I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality.'
'And that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably became a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching. Watch,' wrote the Born To Die songstress.
In Lana's original rant, she made direct reference to stars like Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Doja Cat, and Nicki Minaj, which prompted fans of the artists to label her 'racist' and 'entitled.'
Many believed she was intentionally singling out women of color in the music industry and placing her struggles with mainstream appeal on them.
Not my message: 'But in truth making it about race says so much more about you than it does about me – you want the drama,' wrote Lana
'If the women I mention don't wanna be associated with me that's absolutely fine by me,' wrote Del Rey.
Lana did admit that she could have 'given more [context] to [her] post' by mentioning that the rant was pulled from her 'second book out next March called behind the iron gates- insights from an institution.'
As for those that found her post to be racially motivated, Lana insisted that she was taking issue with '*female critics and *female alternative artists' who have accused her of 'glamorizing abuse' in her music, not artists of color.
'I'm sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super Trump/pence supporters or hyper liberals or flip-flopping headline grabbing critics can't read and want to make it a race war.
Fine by her: 'If the women I mention don't wanna be associated with me that's absolutely fine by me,' wrote Del Rey, who mentioned the likes of Ariana Grande and Doja Cat in her controversial post made on Thursday; Ariana (left) pictured in 2018 and Doja Cat (right) pictured in 2019
Send off: She returned to Instagram moments after to share a caption-less post that featured a quote by the late American architect and writer Frank Lloyd Wright
'When in fact the issue was with *female critics and *female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists like myself and the women I mentioned,' she wrote.
Lana stated that making her initial post 'about race' could not be further from the truth and that all of the outrage was born out of the media's lust for drama.
'But in truth making it about race says so much more about you than it does about me – you want the drama, you don't want to believe that a woman could be beautiful, strong and fragile at the same time, loving and all inclusive by making personal reparations simply for the joy of doing it.
'Nothing new here in your reaction. Same as ten years ago when a million think pieces came out about me feigning emotional fragility or lying about coming from no money when that was the truth,' she said.
Original Statement: Lana Del Rey faced major backlash on Thursday after she posted a lengthy Instagram rant in which she name-checked fellow female musicians for having more mainstream success than her
Fuming: Lana del Rey is being called 'racist,' 'entitled,' and 'a case for why we should abolish celebrity' by critics after she posted a lengthy Instagram rant Thursday evening; Lana pictured in January
To conclude Friday's rant, Lana wrote: 'My aim and my message are clear. That I have control of my own story.'
She returned to Instagram moments after to share a caption-less post that featured a quote by the late American architect and writer Frank Lloyd Wright.
'If you invest in Beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life,' it read.
Lana's post on Thursday began by calling out Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce for having number one songs 'about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating, etc.'
Mad: She named singers including Camila Cabello, Doja Cat, and Kehlani, saying they've had #1s for songs 'about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating, etc.'
Targets: Beyonce and Nicki Minaj were both called out in her social media rant
She ranted that it was unfair that they have found success doing that, but she has been 'crucified' for 'glamorizing abuse' because she sings about 'feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect' and 'dancing for money.'
But the complaint quickly earned backlash, with Twitter users pointing out that she only complained about performers who are women of color.
'Lana Del Rey is racist. Why is she only attacking WOC???' wrote one.
'Lana Del Rey took a page out of every racist white youtuber & brand's books. She's using racism & Black outrage marketing to sell her new books & album coming out,' said another.
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