Lana Del Rey Clarifies Controversial Remarks On Beyoncé And Other ‘Sexy’ Female Artists

Lana Del Rey took time to explain her eyebrow-raising remarks about Beyoncé, Cardi B. and other “sexy” female stars this week after the fan backlash. 

The “Venice Beach” singer had taken aim at her critics on Wednesday in a lengthy Instagram post announcing her plans for a new album, due out Sept. 5. 

“Question for the culture,” she wrote. “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, 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??????” 

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Del Rey’s post sparked outrage among fans who felt she’d singled out female artists of color. The conversation across media outlets was similar. 

“The optics of Lana, a white woman, complaining about feminism lacking space for her while critiquing the acclaim allotted to several black pop artists is mortifying,” Jezebel’s Ashley Reese wrote. Added Teen Vogue’s Brittney McNamara: “It’s the women she used as an example in her post who are really doing the work and defying the odds to continue the hard-won fight that women of color have been at the forefront of for decades.” 

By Thursday, however, Del Rey responded to the pushback in the comments section of her original post. She noted that she was a fan of the artists she’d mentioned and had intended only to point out the double standards that she and her pop contemporaries face. 

“This is sad to make it about a [women of color] issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers,” she wrote. “I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people. … There are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not 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 bullshit.” 

The 34-year-old singer continued, “When I said people look like me ― I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. It’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman.” 

This isn’t the first time Del Rey has stoked controversy online. Last year, she took aim at NPR music journalist Ann Powers in a series of tweets shortly after Powers appeared mildly critical of Del Ray’s 2019 album, “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” 

“I don’t even relate to one observation you made about the music,” Del Rey wrote in one tweet, later adding, “So don’t call yourself a fan like you did in the article and don’t count your editor one either.”

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FA left us to deal with racism hell on our own, says Haringey Borough boss six months after walk-off – The Sun

HARINGEY boss Tom Loizou was a reluctant trailblazer.

In October 2019, he became the first manager in English football to lead his players off the pitch during a competitive game because of racism from the stands.


Haringey’s FA Cup fourth-round qualifier at home to Yeovil was abandoned on 64 minutes after visiting fans allegedly hurled racist abuse towards keeper Valery Pajetat.

But Loizou’s stance, which was hailed as a catalyst in the fight against racism in football, instead highlighted what he describes as the FA’s major failings.

The FA insist they have done their due diligence, speaking to Borough chairman Aki Achillea, sending an FA representative to Haringey’s 3-0 replay defeat and issuing an in-game protocol for future racist incidents.

But in an emotionally charged interview, Loizou claims:

l  The FA are yet to make contact with himself, Pajetat or any of his squad or coaching staff regarding the shocking incident and their subsequent mental health.

l  An FA official, present during a heated meeting in the referee’s changing room when Loizou was blamed for the abandonment, refused to take any action.

l  The “pig ignorant” governing body appear unwilling to learn from his and his players’ traumatic experiences.

The ref looked terrified. He said he wasn’t going to call the game off, despite admitting to have heard and seen everything.

All the hatred that engulfed the original Cup tie was simmering before kick-off.

Loizou was informed several of his young female catering volunteers had been insulted and abused.

One was left in tears after a Yeovil fan, among a set of supporters Loizou described as “backwards and not in the real world”, suggested she stick a sausage between her legs.

And then the incident itself, in which Loizou heard the disgusting phrase “black c***” after ignoring the fourth official’s plea to remain in his dugout and taking to the pitch.

Loizou then feels he was backed into a corner and hung out to dry during a blame-game confrontation with the matchday officials, before accusing Yeovil’s delayed support as simply “tokenism”.

He explained: “I went into the ref’s room and he asked me what I was thinking, so I asked him the same thing.

“He looked terrified. He said he wasn’t going to call the game off, despite admitting to have heard and seen everything.

“My players were in tears and begged me not to send them back out. The ref asked if I was abandoning the game and I said, ‘No, you are’.

“There was an FA official in the room and I asked him what he thought. He said he couldn’t make any comment because he was an observer.

“The referee then said that the game was abandoned because I refused to lead the players out, without even mentioning racism.

“He also said the Yeovil players and manager wanted to walk off with me but I said, ‘I have already walked off’.

“They say Yeovil came out in support and sympathy by walking off with us. It was just tokenism.

“When I pulled my players off after being abused, stones and bottles thrown at them and being spat at, why didn’t the Yeovil players and management walk off there and then?

I got fined for reacting on the touchline and the FA responded within days, telling me I owed £300. Yet they have not got in touch to ask, ‘How are you Tom?’ or find out how my players are coping.

“They waited until the game was officially abandoned and then they walked off. I don’t buy all that s**t.

“I just shook the manager’s hand and said, ‘This game obviously means more to you than it does to us’.”

The aftermath forced the Isthmian League Premier side into a rebuild and, despite still being in debt from the original Cup tie, they had to release several players who were suffering post-traumatic stress.

Cameroon-born Pajetat, a preacher away from football, has played just a handful of games since.

He is mentally scarred by the abuse, compounded by the death of his mother soon after.

Loizou — who played in the same Sunday league side as Kick It Out head of development Troy Townsend — has been left deflated and hurt by the missing support system he and his players so desperately needed.

He said: “I am a Uefa Licence holder, have served English football for the last 30 years, and the only manager to pull a team off a pitch for racial abuse and hatred.

“I got fined a few weeks ago for reacting on the touchline and the FA responded within days, telling me I owed £300.

“And yet they have not been able to get in touch or pick up the phone and ask, ‘How are you Tom?’, or find out how my players are coping.

“There should be a process when these things happen but there is not. No one at the FA has bothered to think about us as human beings.

“The mood around the club had changed. The players had changed.

“The fans say it isn’t the same club any more. No one came to speak to us to give us guidance.”

The one positive Loizou has taken from the incident is his change in perception regarding racism, admitting he thought he knew everything he needed to know beforehand.

He said: “Four weeks before the Cup tie, I was interviewed by BT Sport. Paul Pogba was speaking about what to do on the pitch if you get abused.

“I was asked about it and I said I disagreed with him and I didn’t believe any manager should have his team walk off. Then look what I did.

“I am not an attention-seeker and I didn’t want to be the first manager to do it. I didn’t want to become a fashion trend, I just reacted to the fear I saw in my players’ eyes.”

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Despite Loizou’s first-hand experience, the FA portray a governing body with fingers in their ears.

Loizou continued: “Maybe if the FA could hear all of this, then they could pick bits out and educate themselves, use my knowledge as a learning module for the future.

“They should be asking why I acted in the way I did — and tell me whether I was right or wrong.

“Instead, they sent an official to the replay.

“Which did more harm than good, who probably spent the day up with the executives eating prawn sandwiches for all I know. I had no contact with him.

“I could have gone to the FA myself and they may say I’m mad or deluded — at least they would be listening. But they don’t listen.

“You have to be open-minded, not pig ignorant, which is what the FA can be sometimes.”

Both the FA and Yeovil declined when SunSport approached them for comment.

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