Lana Del Rey is all set to emission her very anticipated new album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, on March 21. On Monday, Lana Del Rey dropped its cover art, track list, and a music video on Instagram. And rather than departure it at that, Lana Del Rey included a hang around comment preemptively defending herself against “a WOC/POC issue.”
What is the “WOC/POC problem”? you might have this question in mind. And what does it have to do with her new album? Indeed, the comment is nosy, but it’s only the latest in a chain of them that are making for a directly disastrous album rollout.
So what is the “WOC/POC case ” Lana is defending herself against?
It all began in the summer, when Lana was criticized for glamorizing perversion in her music with such lyrics as: “He hit me and it felt like a kiss” and “He hurt me but it felt like true love.” In response, she took to Instagram with a lengthy statement.
Why, Lana Del Rey asked in the statement, do artists like Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, and Kehlani, get to have number one hits with songs. And Lana can’t have the same kindness extended when singing about “brave relationships”? Why, she asked, is there no “place in feminism for women who look and act like” her?
She continued for some 500 more words, grumly about the criticism and silencing she faced, and failed to note, or even perhaps meet, that many of the women of color she mentioned in her opening paragraph might also test those things. The statement was criticized for being tone deaf and racially insensitive, which compelled Lana to take to Instagram yet again to advocate herself as “definitely not racist” and “a girl’s girl” in a video.
What does Lana’s “WOC/POC issue” have to do with Chemtrails?
Well nothing, really, but she imparted it up herself in an Instagram comment picket to the release of the album’s cover art. In a black-and-white image, it shows a group of women wearing rear dresses and gathered around a picnic table.
Lana Del Rey wrote “Yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you,” referring to the scene.
“These are my friends this is my life … We are all a beautiful mix of everything — some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do.” The comment seemed to be Lana’s try to get ahead of any criticism. Lana Del Rey wrote “Before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue. I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven,”.
Lana Del Rey also tried to evidence her allyship with lines like, “In 11 years working, I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers.”
Hm. Ok. And didn’t she say some stuff about Trump as well?
Oh, yes. On Monday, Lana combine BBC One to address the album-cover debate that she herself formed. She also weighed in on Donald Trump, sharing her faith that the Trump presidency was a necessary evil:
The craziness of Trump, as bad as it was, it really necessary to happen. We really needed a reflex of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism. Especially in America. It’s going to kill the world.
That’s beautiful much it for now, but her album won’t come out for various months. Unless Lana Del Rey gets off of social media, it seems like this train wreck of a rollout might get even messier.