After over a decade of being one of the most heavily criticized female artists, Lana del Rey continues to dig her own grave with her 2021 album, “Chemtrails Over the Country Club.”

There have been many harsh critics for women throughout history but in the 21st century, none is arguably more criticized than Lana del Rey. Among the numerous allegations of critics and netizens alike, the WOC/POC (Women of color/People of color) talk is one that people clamor about the most and the one that still plagues Lana del Rey’s latest album “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”. 

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Del Rey posted the album cover on Instagram over a year ago where we see Del Rey posing for the camera among women of different ages. Since the photo is black and white, the color of the women’s skin can be hardly seen. Meanwhile, the music video reveals that not all of the women are white.


Comments which flooded Del Rey’s Instagram post once again bring up the artist’s stance on WOC/POC demanding the importance of diversification for artists today– to which the “Summertime Sadness” artist responds with a lengthy explanation in her defense.

She starts off by explaining that she was also pertaining to the “conflict and upheaval” that has happened over the past year. In talking about the women in the album cover, Lana says, ”And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And damn! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you.”

Then she goes on to mention a few of the women of color on the picture and where they hail. But it wasn’t until the last part that people began quoting her and demanding accountability for her statements.

“In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.”

The statement sparked outrage from some netizens calling foul on her equating “rappers” to POC.

Nothing New for the New Year

As the crowd’s favorite artist to criticize, Lana del Rey isn’t a stranger to backlash and hot takes on social issues. Just last May, Del Rey seems to have snapped and posted a statement (which is still up by the way!) on people’s crucifixion for her “glamorizing abuse.”

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What had angered people is not so much her line of defense for the love of her craft, but that she name-dropped female artists who were women of color like “Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce” insinuating that they too have songs that should seem demeaning for women and feminists but she’s the only one seen to set back the movement. A move all too familiarly played by white women in defense of their questionable beliefs and attitudes.

With a new album coming out in March and a new year that has opened for new growth, I do hope that whatever loose ends Lana del Rey has about feminism or being a white person, gets threaded anew or otherwise cut because she’s just teetering on a very thin line and I really do hope her so-called “true fans” will be there to catch her if she gets the fall.

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