On Monday, Lana del Rey was trending on social media because of her bizarre comments about inclusivity as part of her big album-cover reveal. We’ve known for a while now that Lana says dumb sh-t about race and politics and feminism, and at this point, I wish her publicist would encourage her to develop an air of mystery and silence. I’m pretty tired of trying to sort through her comments about how her (white) fragility needs to be protected, or how she has Black friends so she can’t be problematic. But until her publicist steps up, we’re getting interviews from Lana like this, where she talks herself into a MAGA corner, basically.
Lana Del Rey addressed the controversy surrounding her Chemtrails Over the Country Club album cover and the U.S. Capitol riot during a BBC Radio 1 interview Monday (Jan. 11). Del Rey chatted with Annie Mac about the lack of diversity on the album cover, which is a vintage black-and-white shot featuring her longtime girlfriends. The Norman F—ing Rockwell star told Mac she suspected the issue would arise once she unveiled it. “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 just make it my problem… My friends, my family, my whatever… they’re not all one way and we’re not the ones storming the Capitol. We voted for Biden.”
She elaborated further on the Capitol riot, when Trump supporters stormed the building on Jan. 6 to contest the results of the presidential election, leaving five people dead. “I think, for the people who stormed the Capitol, it’s disassociated rage. They want to wild out somewhere,” she said after calling Trump “unwell” and claiming he didn’t know “he’s inciting a riot” while his supporters describe it as a “revolution.” “And it’s like, we don’t know how to find a way to be wild in our world.”
She touches on feeling “wild” in a standout lyric from the first verse of her title track, which got a whimsically wicked music video treatment: “I’m not unhinged or unhappy, I’m just wild.”
“If I go to the Brentwood Country Mart barefoot or whatever, I’m not insane; I’m connected to the earth. … I think people are having to re-evaluate what is strange and not strange. Like watching the people storm the Capitol, everyone gets to go look at that and figure out what Capitols they’ve been storming this year in their own freakin’ lives. ‘Cause everyone’s running amok. You know, half the people I know are just jerks. Like I could picture them being like, ‘Well, we need a change.’ And then other half of the people I know are like watching them with tears in their eyes, in disbelief. And it is sad, it is scary. But it could happen in any country.”
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