Lana Del Rey has hit back at critics accusing the singer of “glamorising abuse”, calling it “pathetic”.
In a lengthy social media spray posted on Thursday, the 34-year-old slammed unnamed “female writers and alt singers” who have “crucified” her lyrics “detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships” to claim she’s “set women back hundreds of years”.
Del Rey says she sang about the “realities” of emotionally abusive relationships because “that’s just how it is for many women”.
“I’ve been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I’ve had,” she wrote.
Songs such as ‘Video Games’, ‘Off To The Races’, ‘Ultraviolence’ and ‘Cola’ have all followed themes of unhealthy relationships and controlling or dismissive characters.
“That was sadly my experience up until the point that those records were made,” she wrote.
In the text-based photo, posted to Instagram, the singer noted: “There has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me.
“The kind of woman who says ‘no’ but men hear ‘yes’ — the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.”
The ‘Summertime Sadness’ songstress also called out double standards in the industry.
She pointed to a number of major female artists including Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Camila Cabello, saying they all “had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes” and “cheating”.
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse??????”