Lana Del Rey has defended herself against accusations of racism, arising from a statement she made about double standards in the music industry.

In a long Instagram post this week the singer claimed she had been depicted as anti-feminist, despite singing about similar themes as other female artists.

But some fans remarked the examples she chose - among them Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé - were mainly black women.

Responding on Instagram, Del Rey said: "Don't ever ever ever call me racist."

She went on: "The singers I mentioned are my favourite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that, like you always do be my guest.

"It doesn't change the fact that I haven't had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated.

"If you want to say that that has something to do with race that's your opinion but that's not what I was saying."
In her original post, Del Rey claimed she had been branded an anti-feminist pariah while "Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé" had all sung about "being sexy, wearing no clothes... cheating, etc" without facing similar criticism.

Many people suggested the comments were tone deaf, with many wondering why the star had mostly cited women of colour.

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Posted by Azania Friday, May 22, 2020 9:23:00 AM


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