The internet has been alight with racism allegations for singers Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat in the past week, a story that has quickly spun out of control. Whereas most adults are worried about losing their jobs and are reading up about western economies reopening after the Covid-19 lockdowns, most youngsters have been busy taking sides in the whole Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat story.
(If you are a parent, then you might have a tough time communicating with your children who do not share your interests during this time of Covid-19 / lockdown / stay-at-home. As the story seems to get bigger every day and it is all your children ever talk about, we thought we would explain it for you.)
It all started last week when singer Lana Del Rey (known of hits such as Summertime Sadness, Video Games, Young And Beautiful and many others) was accused of using texts that are unfriendly towards women (aka she glamorized abuse).
Lana responded on Instagram by saying that other singers (mentioning Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj and Doja Cat as examples) also do this. Problem in this day and age of #MeToo was that she named only (or mostly) African-American singers as examples of other female stars who use such wording. The internet quickly lit up with accusations of racism against Lana.
Del Rey responded to the online backlash on Instagram by saying: ‘Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC (women of colour) issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers.’
The star clearly got emotional and started to use explicit terminology to continue her explanation. ‘I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f***ing people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly he point of my post – there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may 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 bulls***.’
Tides turns again
Twitter and TikTok responded by launching a hashtag calling for the ‘cancellation’ (meaning social media users should stop following Lana Del Rey) of the summertime sadness singer.
24 hours later, the tides had once again turned and #DojaCatIsOverParty started trending on Twitter (meaning social media users should now stop following Doja Cat).
By then, the 24-year-old US rapper, called out by Lana Del Rey in the first place, was facing claims that she herself was being racist in a video chat room. Despite no evidence surfacing, Twitter immediately decided they had enough.
The day after that, #WeAreSorryDoja started trending again, after her fans called it all ‘Fake News.’
The rapper then defended herself on Instagram, stating: “I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations. I’m sorry to everyone that I offended. I’m a black woman. Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very proud of where I come from,”
Del Rey Responds
Finally yesterday, Lana Del Rey responded to all the commotion as well, by posting on Instagram her reply to the whole controversy: “Hey, so I don’t want to beat a dead horse and I don’t want to go on and on about this post thing,” Del Rey says. “I just want to remind you that in that post, my one and only personal declaration I’ve ever made – thanks for being so warm and welcoming – was about the need for fragility in the feminist movement.”
“When I mentioned women who look like, I didn’t mean white like me,” says Del Rey. “I mean the kind of women who, you know, other people might not believe because they think ‘Oh, well look at her she f***ing deserves it’ or whatever.”
“When I get on the pole people call me a whore, but when [FKA] Twigs gets on the pole it’s art,” she says, dragging yet another black female artist into this narrative. “The culture is super sick right now,” says Del Rey, “and the fact that they wan’t to turn my post, my advocacy for fragility into a race war… it’s really bad, it’s actually really bad.”
“I think what’s really sad is that as a personal advocate, as a girl’s girl, as someone who wants the best for every culture, you know, when Marianne Williamson was talking about reparations to the Black community that never got done during the emancipation – that was why I liked her, because I always felt that way.”
Something tells us we haven’t heard the last of this story yet. The Covid-19 pandemic really hasn’t been the best time for celebrities so far. Last month, many major media outlets already wondered whether Celebrity culture had been cancelled because of it.
Main picture credits: instagram Lana Del Rey and Doja Cat