Lana Del Rey's Sending a Not-So-Great Anti-Feminist Message to Young Folks

7/23/2014 4:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
Lana Del Rey
's latest interview with Complex magazine goes to great lengths to glamorize everything Lana is interpreted to stand for, whether it's "old" Hollywood, plastic surgery, the underbelly of celebrity, and of course, sex, but fails miserably -- and the only one who comes out looking worse here is Lana herself. 

In the interview, Lana claims to have slept with "a lot" of guys in the music industry, and referencing one of own tracks, "F--ed My Way to the Top," says, "... You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying." 

And OK, Lana, that's fine -- you sleep with whomever you choose, it's none of our business. And even if you want to sleep your way to the top, it's still your body to use in the way that you want to use it. Yours, yours, yours.

... But the true annoying part is the bit where you think it's annoying that nobody gave you record deals in exchange for sex. That's kind of like prostitution, and if you're all right with that, it's your business -- but you can't expect everyone else to be, and you can't expect handouts when there are those who've had to work hard -- standing on their own two feet -- to get where they are today and be "annoyed" when you don't get them. 

Lana's not been one for making much social sense however much she thinks she might, and though it's clear she feels her reasoning is bulletproof, it's full of contradictory holes. 

Take these two quotes in closing, for example. In the earlier part of the interview, this is a thing that's actually said: 

"The good thing about catching so much grief from critics is that you literally do not f--king care." 

And a beat later, this: 

"Because that gold and platinum [record] stuff, it doesn’t mean as much if you’re walking down the street and you can hear people saying things about you. That doesn’t even out." 

So, either you care about criticism, or you don't. Case in point. 

You've got lots of interesting ideas, Lana, and your music really isn't half-bad for being ... well, whatever people perceive it to be. But consider what you say before you say it -- because we know how you change your story again and again when the public doesn't receive too well the things you say. You know it's only going to happen again, and instead of playing the character you think everyone wants you to play, be your damn self ... if you can even remember who she is anymore.  
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674 days ago

"But you can't expect everyone else to be, and you can't expect handouts when there are those who've had to work hard -- standing on their own two feet -- to get where they are today... Uhm, you mean like Kim Kardashian?

Roxanne Questi
674 days ago

I thought she was married?

Roxanne Questi
674 days ago

I thought she was married?

Roxanne Questi
674 days ago

Her attitude sounds self-defeating. I bet she's a short-timer.
Meanwhile, Madonna supposedly fkd her way to the top - but she doesn't brag about it...
(sorry about the multi posts...)

674 days ago

Didn't know she was an airhead and a whore. Just like Kim Kardashian!

Jennifer's Body
674 days ago

Sarah Taylor, you are in love with her and angry about it.

674 days ago

This is a person who at one point in her career worked under the name "Sparkle Jump Rope Queen". I don't think it's necessary, or advisable, to take too much that she says seriously.

674 days ago

Not the biggest LDR fan, but I think the first comment is clearly her sense of humor at play -- its dry, almost Continental. She is not literally lamenting the fact that she did not manage to f*ck her way to anything -- like the song, it is a play against that.

As for the second, while I do think your premise is right -- that she cares about critical feedback much more than she will admit to -- that clearly isn't what she's referencing. She's talking about the disconnect between commercial success and tabloid frenzy and its impact on her image with the public she's selling to.

Lana is an interesting case for feminist critique - she creates a sexual identity that she seems happy to own, but it does seem to be beyond submissive to self-abusive at times. Is that more healthy or unhealthy? The debate can be had.

However, for this article, I think you need a better reading of both the interview and the subject.

674 days ago

She had sex with Kanye. That's why the performance for the wedding was "free".

673 days ago

Every time I hear this woman sing I'm sad that Linda Ronstadt can't sing anymore because of Parkinsons and this one very dull singer will go on singing and doing stupid interviews to make herself more interesting to the Barnum crowd.