Lana Del Rey is set to release her highly anticipated new album, Chemtrails on the Country Club, March 21th. On Monday, she dropped her cover art, tracklist and music video on Instagram. And rather than stop there, she included a meander comment defend yourself in a preventive manner against “a WOC / POC problem”.
What is the “WOC / POC problem”? you might ask. And what does that have to do with his new album? Indeed, the commentary is curious, but it is only the latest in a series of them that lead to a frankly disastrous deployment of the album.
It all started over the summer when Lana was criticized for her glamorous abuse in her music with lyrics such as: “He hit me and it was like a kiss” and “He hurt me. but it was like real love. In response, she took to Instagram with a lengthy statement.
Why, she asked in the statement, do artists like Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Kehlani get number one hits with songs about ‘being sexy, not wearing clothes, kissing, cheating, etc. And Lana can’t have the same courtesy when she sings “Difficult Relationships”? Why, she asked, is there not “a place in feminism for women who look like her and act”?
She went on for some 500 more words, complaining about the criticism, sexism and silence she faced, and failed to notice, or even perhaps recognize, that many of the women of color she did mentioned in his first paragraph could also experience these things. The statement was criticized for being deaf and insensitive to racism, which forced Lana to take to Instagram again to defend herself as “certainly not racist” and “a girl on a girl” in one video.
Well nothing, really, but she did mention it herself in an Instagram comment related to the album cover release. In a black-and-white image, it shows a group of women in retro dresses gathered around a picnic table.
“Yes there are people of color in this record photo and that’s all I’m going to say about it but thank you,” she wrote, 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 attempt to get ahead of any criticism. “Before I comment again on a WOC / POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life, my thoughts and my love on the table 24/7” , she writes.
She also tried to prove her ally with phrases like, “In 11 years of working, I’ve always been extremely inclusive without even trying to do it. My best friends are rappers, my boyfriends have been rappers. “
You can read the commentary in its entirety here.
Oh yes. On Monday, Lana joined BBC One to address the controversy over the cover of the album she created herself. She also weighed on Donald Trump, sharing his belief that the Trump presidency was a necessary evil:
Trump’s madness, as bad as it was, really had to happen. We really needed a reflection of our world’s biggest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism. Especially in America. It’s gonna kill the world.
That’s about it for now, but her album won’t be out for several months. Unless she leaves social media, it looks like this train wreck could get even messier.