Just days following her latest controversy, evidently serving as a fashion icon for an alleged capitol insurrectionist, nostalgic pop star Lana Del Rey has singlehandedly sparked yet another internet uproar -- this time with her apparent love of iPhone photo editing apps. 

Earlier this week, Del Rey teased her upcoming album, Blue Bannisters a seemingly quick follow-up to her latest release, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, which came out last month to critical acclaim. Although fans were delighted to hear about the prospects of getting new music as early as July 4 (the singer has been known to significantly shift her album release dates), there was one slight hiccup in her announcement – Blue Bannisters's album artwork is best described as a 2009 middle schooler's Facebook pictures come to life. Composed of a selfie the artist first posted last August, and a handful of white flares, with the album's title written in curly, blue script below, the cover definitely aligns with the artist's vintage vibe – if the late aughts are now considered vintage. As such, fans quickly took to social media to decry the album cover and the software they suspect aided the singer in choreographing the strange image, PicsArt. 

From joking about her passion for album artwork …

…  to imagining the divine creation from the perspective of Del Rey's phone …

.. questioning what other stars like Lady Gaga …

… and Taylor Swift would look like with similar types of aesthetics …

… with several others really just begging …

… begging …

… and begging some more for Del Rey to go with another image to represent her work, fans were clearly unhappy with the cover.  

However, it seems this blowback has expanded beyond social media, with some supporters even launching a petition to rip the amateur editing software from Del Rey’s hands. “Lana had terrorized just way too long with these edits, we need to stop her,” reads the description of the “BAN LANA FROM PICSART” petition.Sign this for a future of quality album covers from Lana again.” As of writing, the Change.org cause has garnered more than 3,700 signatures, more than halfway to its goal of 5,000. 

Amid the controversy, it seems one party has found a way to make lemons out of this proverbial Lemonade, or well, Blue Bannisters– none other than the app of the hour, PicsArt. “Speaking of album covers,” they wrote with a wink, linking to a DIY for how those of us at home can also create the artwork for out highly-anticipated eighth studio albums. 

 So folks, remember if you're short on time and are looking to spark an internet-wide controversy, look no further than PicsArt. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be adding borders and hearts to all of my photos – it's the Lana Del Way. 

For more internet nonsense, follow Carly on Instagram at @HuntressThompson_, on Twitch.tv @HuntressThompson_ and on Twitter @TennesAnyone. 

 

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