Lana Del Rey faces furious backlash over ‘extremely tone-deaf’ comments about her new album

After a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building last week, a lot of people have been chiming in with their thoughts about the riots – but Lana Del Rey contributed her own stance in maybe the strangest way.

The ‘Summertime Sadness’ singer unveiled the tracklist and cover art for her upcoming album, Chemtrails over the Country Club on Instgram. And in apparent attempt to shut down any discourse before it even began, she elaborated on the inclusion of women of colour in the cover art.

“As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends, yes there are people of colour on this record’s picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you,” she wrote on a now-deleted Instagram comment, before she says more about it.

Del Rey continues by saying that her best friends are rappers in a bizarre defence of herself.

To top it all off, she invokes the Capitol riot: “Before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the Capitol, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24/7.”

After the announcement, fans took to Twitter to share their disappointment over Del Rey’s latest fumble, as well as her use of the “my friends are Black” excuse to ignore her privilege.

The singer has face a fair share of controversy.

In May last year, she was accused of racism after she called out several artists, mostly women of colour, for making songs about “being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating” while shutting down criticisms that her music glamourises abuse.

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