Lana Del Rey hits back over racism accusations
Lana Del Rey has defended herself against accusations of racism, due to a statement she made about double standards in the music industry.
In an Instagram post this week, the singer argued she had been branded as anti-feminist, despite singing about similar themes as other female artists.
But some fans said the examples she chose, including Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, were mainly Black women.
Responding on Instagram, Lana Del Rey said: "Don't ever ever ever call me racist."
"The singers I mentioned are my favourite singers, so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that, like you always do be my guest."
She added, "It doesn't change the fact that I haven't had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated. If you want to say that that has something to do with race that's your opinion but that's not what I was saying."
In her original post, Del Rey claimed she had been branded an anti-feminist pariah while "Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé" had all sung about "being sexy, wearing no clothes... cheating, etc" without facing similar criticism.
Many people suggested Lana Del Rey's comments were not offensive, while others questioned why the singer referred to mostly Black women.
Source: BBC News