Lana Del Rey References Ariana Grande and Doja Cat in a Second Instagram Post
On May 21, Lana Del Rey published a confusing Instagram post that ended up becoming quite controversial. In the post, Del Rey brought up Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé while trying to make the argument that she should be able to write the songs she wants without being accused of glorifying abuse.
On May 22, Del Rey once again brought up Doja Cat and Grande in a second Instagram post. In the post, Del Rey defended her comments once and for all.
What Lana Del Rey originally posted
In the post that started it all, Del Rey argued that there should be room in the music industry for her to sing about submissive relationships without being criticized.
Del Rey began the post referencing other singers, writing, “Question for the culture: 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*cking, 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 glamorizing abuse??????”
She continued, “With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years.”
Some think Doja Cat responded to the Instagram post
After Del Rey posted, social media users and publications accused her of being racist, as many of the singers she mentioned are women of color who have been treated unfairly by the media.
According to PopCrave, Doja Cat commented “Gang sunk that dunker” on Del Rey’s post, but she later deleted the comment. Some interpreted Doja Cat’s comment as her encouraging her fans to attack Del Rey while others interpreted it as Doja Cat agreeing with Del Rey’s post.
Doja Cat then changed her Twitter name to “Gang” and referenced the deleted comment as a fill-in-the-blank for fans.
“Gang ______________. (Complete it),” she tweeted.
Del Rey also added a caption to the original post addressing people’s claims that she is racist.
“Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f*cking people. 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 bullsh*t,” she captioned the post.
Lana Del Rey referenced Ariana Grande and Doja Cat again
On May 22, Del Rey posted another Instagram to give “final notes” about her original post. At the beginning of the post, Del Rey name dropped Grande and Doja Cat again.
She wrote, “A couple of final notes on my ‘controversial post’ that’s not controversial at all. Despite the feedback I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complimentary way, whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat – I want to say that I remain firm in my clarity and stance in that what I was writing about was the importance of self-advocacy for the more delicate and often dismissed, softer female personality, and that there does have to be room for that type in what will inevitably become a new wave/3rd wave of feminism that is rapidly approaching. Watch!”