Lana Del Rey Defended Her Comments Again, This Time Adding FKA Twigs To The List Of Women Who Have It Better Than Her
The artist formerly known as Lana Del Rey (I’m stripping her of her vaguely ethnic curly cues, she’s plain old Lizzy Grant again as far as I’m concerned) spent Memorial Day Weekend as most glamorous people do— recording a video denying she’s racist and doubling down on her victimhood. Yesterday, Liz posted a lengthy video on Instagram defending the controversial comments she made about “the culture” last week, adding FKA Twigs to her list of women she faces a double standard against and reiterating “the need for fragility in the feminist movement.” Then she unfollowed Ariana Grande on Instagram. Guys, she’s just a glamorous person. What more can I say?
This marks the third time Liz has addressed her original post in which she called out a double standard in the music industry, and cited Beyonce, Ariana, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Camila Cabello and Kehlani as examples. Yesterday, Liz came out the gate saying she doesn’t want to beat a dead horse, and then proceeded to pummel poor Buttercup’s corpse like a pinata full of quaaludes. (via NME)
“Hey, so I don’t wanna beat a dead horse, and I don’t wanna go on and on about this post thing,” she said in the new message, “but I just wanna remind you that in that post, my one and only personal declaration that I’ve ever made – thanks for being so warm and welcoming – was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement. It’s gonna be important.
“When I mentioned women that look like me, I didn’t mean white like me. I mean the kind of women who other people might not believe, because they think, ‘Oh, well look at her, she fucking deserves it’ or whatever. There are a lot of people like that.”
You’ll remember that, in a world where Miley Cyrus not only exists but thrives, Liz singled out a slew of women of color to accuse of being sexually aggressive (note to the Baja Men: They probably jumped the fence when they heard that whistle and can be found on Liz’s front lawn awaiting further instructions), whereas women like her aren’t allowed to sing about feelings? I’m still confused. At any rate, according to Liz, she said what she said, and then she said it again.
She continued: “I think it’s sad that the women I mentioned, and that they’d sing about dancing for money or whatever… the same stuff by the way that I’ve been singing about and chronicling for 13 years. That’s why I’m in that echelon. Yes, they are my friends and peers and contemporaries.
“The difference is, when I get on the pole, people call me a whore, but when [FKA] twigs gets on the pole, it’s art. I’m reminded constantly by my friends that, lyrically, there are complicated psychological factors that play into some of my songwriting, but I just wanna say that the culture is super sick right now, and the fact they want to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war, it’s really bad.
I had to stop right there to look up “lana del rey stripper pole” because while I have a vivid imagination, I have a hard time picturing this somnambulant sister doing anything with a stripper pole other than using it as a supplemental spine for those extra sleepy nights. Thankfully, ONTD provided the lols I needed to get through the rest of the video.
Liz went on to say “I’m sorry that I didn’t add one Caucasian, 100% Caucasian person into the mix of the women that I admire. It really says more about you than it does about me,” but did not elaborate on what it says about me. Frustrating. It sounds like it was also frustrating to some of the women she named. Liz said “I’m sorry that a couple of the girls I talked to that were mentioned in that post have a super different opinion on my insight.” Liz has since unfollowed Ariana on Instagram so it’s probably safe to assume Buttercup got her revenge in the afterlife when Ari used her ponytail to try to whip some sense into Liz. Too bad it didn’t work. Here’s a clip of that part.
“i’m sorry that a couple of girls i talked to who were mentioned in that post have a super different opinion” IS SHE TALKING ABOUT ARIANA pic.twitter.com/GL2BJMGLfb
— amelia (@ultrxvvioIence) May 25, 2020
And here’s Liz’s entire post.
Her decision to use a grainy, old-timey film filter in her crusade to Make America Glamorous Again might have backfired because it’s hard to deny you’re racist when your video is giving off strong The Birth of A Nation vibes.