Apparently Lana had some time and decided to spend it on the gram airing grievances.
Her post begins with a query, “Question for the culture:”.
It is unclear as to what culture she is referring to. Cause niggas do it for the culture everyday—and that couldn’t possibly be the cutlure referred to.
In her post, Lana takes exception with critiques coming from “female writers and alt singers” that she “glamorizes abuse.” She defends this notion claiming she is instead a “glamorous person” singing about known realities. She is incredulous to these critiques, noting that “Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé” have all had number one singles about “being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc” and thus positing a double standard.
A white woman just named dropped a bunch of Black women and went to talk about double standards.
It doesn’t get better.
Lana is adamant, “Let this be clear, I’m not not a feminist—but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me.”
Sis, read the room. Whole foods neo-liberal establishment feminism was made for you. You are their madonna. So we gotta ask, if a wealthy Euro-centrically-attractive famous lily-white famous ass woman questions if there is a place for her within consumer feminism, can she even begin to imagine how BIPOC women feel just walking down the street?
Unlikely, since she just referred to a number of them (majority Black) on some tattle-tale shit. Which is strange tactic because all these women, Beyoncé in particular, have been accused of being too sexual/provocative/Black for neo-liberal feminism.
Question for the culture: how y’all think Dworkin feel about Cardi B throwing it back at the BET awards?
Lana goes on to let us know she has not one but two books of poetry out later this year and “Yes I’m still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the books to my choice of Native American foundations which I’m very happy about”.
I’m also very happy about her white savior complex.
Quick pause. Can we also talk about this white woman giving herself a Spanish name? She explained its origins to Vogue UK, “I wanted a name I could shape the music towards. I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba—Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue”.
Bruh. King’s wool?
The first post wasn’t enough—sis had to come back and double down.
“Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers….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.”
And this is exactly how white privilege operates.
Do I think Lana directly targeted women of color? It doesn’t actually matter. She has the privilege of not having to consider race—where as Beyonce, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj have to be hyper-vigilant about race when posting on the ‘gram or moving about the world. It’s inconsequential what Lana’s intent was, her impact was color-blindness.
Joyously, there is more.
“And my last and final note on everything—when I said people who look like me—I meant people who don’t look strong, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful”
Sis, I’m imploring once again you read the room. There’s literally a Wikipedia page dedicated to the conceptual ideology of the strong Black woman and the toxicity of this trope.
Oh. But it could not possibly end here. The post referred to above was promptly deleted and replaced with more…..
“Despite the feedback I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way….I remain firm in my clarity….
Clarity is not the term I would use. Also you heard from some of these women and you didn’t listen? Caucasity.
“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 become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching. Watch!”
Okay not trying to split hairs but 3rd wave feminism happened in the 90s.
Also framing feminism as waves erases women of color as Lola Olufemi explains in their excellent book Feminism, Interrupted, “In the neat retelling of feminist history, black feminism is framed as antagonistic, on the periphery, on the outside trying to get in. Not only is the retelling inaccurate, the ‘waves’ analogy redefines what counts as feminist work to advancements made solely in relation to rights and legislation, so that slave rebellions orchestrated by black women in European colonies or social and political uprisings against colonial invaders do not constitute ‘feminist’ history.”
Finally, Lana gets down to business and goes in on who this is really about.
“I’m sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super trump/pence supporters or hyper liberals….want to make it a race war, 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 mentioned.”
Race war? What are you talking about fam?
Also highlighting the issue being with female critics and female alternative artists lets me know that female without qualifier is defaulted to white.
“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 it [sic].”
So she’s inclusive cause she’s sending money to Indigenous people? I’m not quite sure that’s what inclusive means. But announcing to the world that you do it because of how good it makes you feel is mad colonial.
Finally, Lana, bored and done with all this drama concludes,
“My aim and my message are clear...
“That I have control of my own story. If the women I mention don’t wanna be associated with me that’s absolutely fine by me.”
Sis. You put they names in your mouth!
Caucasity knows no bounds. How you gonna come in my house shit on the rug and blame me for having the door open?
I was hot. I was trying to get some of this breeze and now I ended up with boo boo on my favorite rug.