Lana Del Rey responds to accusations of racism

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.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.

"Think Lana's post would have been fine if she hadn't compared herself to a group of mostly black women with the clear tone that she thinks she's been treated worse by the media when that's observably untrue,"

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"Lana blatantly ignoring the criticism Beyoncé, Nicki, and other black women have received (and continue to) for being confident in their sexuality doesn't sit right with me," added another user,

"Commercial success hasn't made them exempt from misogynistic attacks masked as constructive criticism."

"Even if she made a point, the inclusion of other women was so unnecessary and the fact the women were mostly black has left a bad taste," added journalist

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"The lines and adjectives also read like she's implying those women aren't as graceful, delicate or feminine as her. It's a messy statement."

The Guardian's Laura Snapes

in which she said Del Rey's "swipes at her peers of colour undermine her feminist argument".

Read the full story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52767934

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