In the latest of a string of controversies, Lana Del Rey has been receiving backlash for wearing a “pointless” face mask while meeting fans…
The star has been the subject of backlash – and ridicule – for her latest fashion statement, aka a mask.
And fans are far from happy.
Her single “Video Games” took the world – and the charts- by storm and skyrocketed her into the mainstream music world.
But found fame as Lana Del Rey in 2011 with the homemade music video for her hit single – and it caught the eye of radio stations.
Just a year later, the star released her first major-label album, Born to Die.
Though it didn’t really turn the heads of critics, it sold more than 7 million copies worldwide and has since been certified platinum.
Though many prefer her first album and hail it as her best, 2014’s Ultraviolence, made up of more paired-back, atmospheric ballads, went on to also be certified platinum.
2015 saw the release of critically praised Honeymoon.
Del Rey described the album as “a tribute to Los Angeles.”
Once again, the album fared well in the charts.
2017’s Lust for Life and 2018’s Norman F*****g Rockwell.
But her aesthetic, which often unites American iconography and more gothic, vintage perspectives, on top of her haunting vocals, have meant that both her songs and videos rake in billions of views on YouTube.
Most notably, in 2014, Del Rey went to the Palace of Versailles to sing at the pre-wedding dinner for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Her setlist included “Young and Beautiful,” “Summertime Sadness,” and “Blue Jeans.”
Over the years in the spotlight, the singer has gained a huge and very dedicated fanbase.
But, in recent years, some fans have found it hard to continue to support her.
For instance, in an interview with The Guardian in 2014, Del Rey said: “I wish I was dead already” after talking about Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, something Cobain’s daughter went on to criticize her for.
Many have pointed out that her lyrics tend to feature female submissiveness and self-destruction – veering on glamorizing these things.
For example, the song “Ultraviolence” featured the controversial line “He hit me and it felt like a kiss”; however, in 2017, Del Rey said she’s no longer comfortable with the lyric.
The singer took to Instagram to defend herself against critics accusing her of “glamorizing abuse,” as well as to promote her upcoming album.
The star cited Ariana Grande, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé as singers who “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f——, cheating, etc” in her controversial Instagram post.
“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**king, cheating, etc,” Del Rey began her original post.
“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?”
Causing Del Rey to initially fire back in the comments section.
In one of her responses, she wrote: “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 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.”
(It’s important to know, however, that the third wave of feminism began in the ’90s, and there is already a fourth wave.)
While she went on to say she perhaps could’ve given more “context” to her original post, Del Rey insists her target was not women of color, but instead “female critics and female alternative artists who are dissociated from their own fragility and sexuality and berate more sexually liberated artists.”
With many people questioning how some fans can continue to support her.
This time, the star uploaded a video of herself posing with fans and signing copies of her new book, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.
…for all the wrong reasons.
Well, the star was wearing a mesh mask, which of course, defeats the whole purpose of wearing a face-covering in the first place.
Lana Del Rey isn’t the only celeb to be called out on the subject of face masks. Scroll on to find out why people are slamming Kaley Cuoco…