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Lana Del Rey responds to criticism of controversial Instagram post: "Don't ever…call me racist"

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Lana Del Rey has issued a response defending the controversial Instagram post she published Thursday.

In the original post, Del Rey lamented that artists including Doja CatAriana GrandeCamila CabelloCardi BKehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé charted number-one singles with “songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing [and] cheating,” while she felt she was being criticized for “glamorizing abuse” and “minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships.”

Del Rey’s comments quickly went viral, with many people on social media calling her out for naming primarily women of color to illustrate how she was allegedly being victimized.

In the comments of her post, screen shots of which she posted to her Instagram Story, Del Rey defended what she originally said, writing, “This is sad to make it about a [women of color] issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers.”

“I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f***ing people,” Del Rey continues. “That is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post — 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.”

She adds, “Don’t ever ever ever ever bro call me racist, because that is bulls***.”

Del Rey also clarified what she meant by when she wrote, “there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me,” in the original post.

“I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smarter, or like they’re in control,” she says. “It’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white women.”

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