Lana Del Rey has expanded on her controversial Instagram post, adding comments that address issues of racism. Following the backlash she received, Lana wrote in her comments section “I fucking love these singers and know them,” referring to Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé, who, this morning, she claimed, “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc.” Lana continued, “#that is why I mentioned them I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria. There you go.” (Lana also shared two of her responses in an Instagram story, viewed by Pitchfork).
Del Rey also addressed the fact that many of the female artists she mentioned in her original post are women of color. “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers,” Lana wrote. “I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people.” She continued: “And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post—there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullshit.”
Another of Del Rey’s comments read:
Lana’s Instagram post also announced that her next album is slated to arrive September 5. She also wrote that two books of poetry will be released shortly. Lana Del Rey’s most recent album Norman Fucking Rockwell! was released last year.