Lana Del Rey Fires Back at Critics Who Claim She's "Glamorizing Abuse"

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey

"Watch!" Lana said in her new Instagram post.

But some fans remarked the examples she chose - among them Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé - were mainly black women.

A typical criticism came from journalist Isbella Castillo, who wrote an essay saying Del Rey's music was "full of outdated, anti-feminist ideas". "My old man is a bad man", she sang on Off To The Races; while her boyfriend on Ultraviolence "used to call me DN - that stood for deadly nightshade, because I was filled with poison".

"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".

"Not everything is about whatever you want it to be".

"Now that Doja Cat, the Ariana, to Camila, the Cardi B, the Kehlani, the Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé managed to reach the top of a number with songs about being sexy, being naked, cheat, etc - can come back to sing about feeling lovely for being in love, even if the relationship is not ideal, without accusing me of romanticizing violence?"

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Others took a more sympathetic view - with music critic Lindsay Zoladz arguing Del Rey's portrayal of a woman who stumbled, fell and picked herself up again was a more realistic alternative to "empowerment as the default aspiration of the pop star".

In response to the backlash, Lana commented underneath her original post to defend her statement and insisted that she had no issue with the women she mentioned in the message, brushing the racism accusations off as "bullish*t".

"Perhaps I could've given more contest to my post by mentioning the title of the second book that would be out next March called 'behind the iron gates- insights from an institution, '" Lana continued.

"Commercial success hasn't made them exempt from misogynistic attacks masked as constructive criticism".

The "Doin' Time" singer then slammed the "bulls-t reviews" that she's received over the last decade, and said she believes her music has encouraged women to speak up about their emotions - something Del Rey said she would have been "deemed literally hysterical" for had she done so on her first two records. "It's a messy statement". Del Rey's fashion decisions has often sparked social commentary.

She added: "And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be". It's exactly the point of my post-there are certain women that culture doesn't want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don't know what it has to do with.

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