The 'Karen Del Rey' Question: When Our Faves Become Problematic
Over the past year, Lana Del Rey experienced a transformation unlike any other in her long and fruitful career, transitioning from the sultry, nostalgic pop star behind certified sad girl bangers, "Video Games," "Summertime Sadness," and my personal favorites, "Love" to her newest form, what some are dubbing the era of Karen Del Rey.
While the Lana has had her fair share of problematic moments, including wearing a Native American headdress in her 2012 music video for "Ride," and performing in a scene depicting rape in an unreleased project that may or may not have had something to do with Marilyn Manson, The past year has been particularly questionable for the pop star.
In May, Lana first caught flack for a long note she posted on Instagram, wherein defending herself against accusations of anti-feminist lyrics, she trashed several other artists, the majority of whom are women of color. "Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, 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??????" (Not cool, Lana, not cool.)
Since her post, the singer has garnered accusations of Karen-dom after dying her hair blonde later this summer...
... and more recently, faced notable backlash last week after she wore a bedazzled-mesh mask to signing for her new poetry book Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass at a Los Angeles Barnes and Noble.