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Lana Del Rey shades Ariana Grande and Cardi B for songs about 'f**king', fans call it 'dumbest s**t of 2020'

The singer slammed them and others for their songs containing sexually charged lyrics and asked if she could go back to 'singing about being embodied'
UPDATED MAY 21, 2020
Lana Del Rey (Getty Images)
Lana Del Rey (Getty Images)

Lana Del Rey is all set with her new album release. To make the announcement on Twitter, she threw shade at the double standards of the music industry in a long post on Instagram and didn't shy away from naming her fellow singers.  

“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**king, 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??????” 

“I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world,” she continued. “With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years 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.” Read her long post here.

Singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey performs during a stop of her LA to the Moon Tour in support of the album 'Lust for Life' at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on February 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Getty Images)

No sooner did she post it, it was clear that the fan troupes of those artists would slam her. But thousands of fans and close friends backed her. Model Riccardo Simonetti posted, "... that I glamourize abuse when I am just a glamorous person singing about realities... " this is so authentic and true 🙏🏻 your vulnerability and brutal honesty in lyrics has helped me and many others to accept their choices and mistakes in a time where nobody sang about these things. I am eternally grateful that you never stopped doing that. I can’t wait for the albums, I already have goosebumps when I think of it."

Model Nils Kuiper Verberne said, "I don’t think your intentions were in a bad place but I don’t think there was any need to directly push other female pop stars under the bus. You didn’t need to do that to justify yourself." Creative duo Prince Chenoa and Jacob Dekat wrote, "Well said. I feel anytime someone brings something different to the table and does not conform to commercial or societal standards there is always backlash and criticism. I think people are so conditioned to just absorb what is put in front of their faces that any new ideas are scary and instantly shut down." 

Lana Del Rey attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

He added, "I applaud and appreciate you for being authentic in your records, as there are definitely those out there that your music deeply touches. Very excited for this next chapter. Since the first time I heard your music up until now, I still feel there is no other musician like you, at least that can capture my essence and envelop me with your words the way you've done all this time." Her fans too stood by her side. "Here before the drama begins. Anyways am here to support u queen," one said, and another wrote, "girl delete this." Another fan posted, "Lana I’m gonna say this with all due respect I think your intentions were good but the first sentence is going to rub so many people the wrong way just try again tomorrow."

However, many were pissed. "Lana shading Kehlani is the DUMBEST S**T that happened in 2020," one wrote and another said, "As if these women haven’t been slandered too. It’s not their fault people find their music more enjoyable Lana, I personally enjoy yours more but I promise you all of these women have dealt with the criticism too. Sooooo unnecessary."

Lana Del Rey (Getty Images)

"What’s SOOOOOOOO sad about Lana's “statements” is that WHITE WOMEN ARE GOING TO EAT THAT SHIT UP & IT IS GOING TO SET WOMEN BACK 50+ YEARS! There was honestly NOBODY available to proofread before posting? Yikes," one wrote and another said, "I love #LanaDelRey, but sis needs to calm her ass down and sit this one out. She's trying to pacify her pension for sugar daddies, cokeheads, Jared Leto, G-Eazy, and bad Jim Morrison impersonators."

"This isn’t really as racially charged as y’all wanna make it but it is an example of how artists are corny losers on social media and they bitch and moan WAY TOO MUCH. This what happens when you bitch and moan. You step on toes of folks who have it harder than you #lanadelrey," one tweet read. Some fans simply rejoiced as her new album was going to launch on September 5. "This is a great news to hear before bed. I can't wait until September 5th thank ya lana for being so sweet & honest with your fans," one said and another wrote, "SEPTEMBER 5TH? AND TWO POETRY BOOKS?? OMG!! IMAGINE NEW ALBUM'S CONCERT... #LanaDelRey!"