12 Jan Lana Del Rey Responds to Album Cover Backlash
Lana Del Rey is facing criticism over her new album which she just revealed on social media.
The singer took to her comment section to defend herself, after the cover was called out for the lack of diversity.
The Album Cover
Lana Del Rey showed the cover for her new album, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” on Instagram on Sunday.
“There’s always turmoil and upheaval and in the midst of it-there’s always beautiful music too,” wrote Del Rey. “Introducing my new album chemtrails over the country club.”
The black and white album cover shows Del Rey at a table surrounded by woman, with most of them seeming to be white.
This caught people’s attention and Del Rey shot back at the backlash by defending herself in her comment section.
“As it happens and when it comes to my amazing friend and this cover,” she said. “Yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you.”
Del Rey continued by talking about the diversity amongst her friend group.
“My beautiful friend Valerie from Del Rio, Mexico, my dearest friend Alex and my gorgeous friend Dakota Rain as well as my sweetheart Tatiana,” the singer wrote. “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.”
Del Rey also later revealed an alternate album cover where it is just a solo shot of the singer standing in what looks like an open field.
When Del Rey mentioned her friends and the relationships she’s had with people of color, that is when even more controversy struck.
Many felt as if the singer was tokenizing people of color, or trying to use her friendships as a scapegoat.
“My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers,” she continued. “My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 27 seven. Respect it.”
Followers felt that it was odd for Del Rey to use “rappers” as a synonym for people of color, and they though that was exactly what she was doing.
This left a bad taste in people’s mouths, as Del Rey was previously in the hot seat for race related issues.
Sticking to Her Words
Despite the backlash she received, Del Rey remained strong in what she said.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1—where the singer got into even more controversy over Trump comments—she discussed her album cover drama. Del Rey explained that she saw the backlash coming and expected the the criticism.
“Before I even put the album cover up I knew people what people were going to say,” she said. “So when they actually started saying things, I responded and I just said ‘I got a lot of issues, but inclusivity ain’t one of them.’ It just isn’t. You can’t make it my problem”
Del Rey made it clear that these race related scandals hold no weight in who she is and do not reflect her.
“My friend, my family, my whatever, they’re not all one way, and we’re not the ones storming the Capitol,” she continued. “We voted for Biden. My girlfriends come from all over the world. They have children from all different types of people.”
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