More woke than ever, Lana Del Rey is no longer romanticising Americana
For over six years now,Americana imagery has been a very important part of Lana Del Rey's aesthetic. We've seen her folding herself in stars and stripes, embrace old country tropes and proudly use her home country's classic mode as a backdrop to many of her universes.
However, it seems that those days are over. In an interview with Pitchfork this week ahead of her new album Lust For Life, the singer has spoken of her disappointment in the current government, claiming that she no longer feels comfortable romanticising America with Donald Trump in office.
"It's certainly uncomfortable," she said. "I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. I'm not going to have the American flag waving while I'm singing 'Born to Die.' It's not going to happen. I'd rather have static. It's a transitional period, and I'm super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now - it didn't feel weird in 2013."
Where once upon a time she didn't "care about feminism", nowadays, she is, like Katy Perry and other artists, more woke and more likely to voice her own political and social views. "Cause things have shifted culturally," she said when this was pointed by Pitchfork interviewer Alex Frank. "It's more appropriate now than under the Obama administration, where at least everyone I knew felt safe. It was a good time. We were on the up-and-up." She continues, noting one of the many cameos on her record. "Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly. What if they take away Planned Parenthood? What if we can't get birth control? Now, when people ask me those questions, I feel a little differently.... When people asked me the feminist question before, I was like, 'I'm not really experiencing personal discrimination as a woman. I feel like I'm doing well," she said. "I headline shows just like the Weeknd does. I got tons of women in my life, love women, support women I just felt like, Why don't we talk about the music first? I can tell you that what I have done for women is tell my own story, and that's all anyone can do.'"
The interview also touches on why she will no longer romanticise danger, domestic violence and how, at one point, they were all she knew. Go read it if you have a chance.
Lust for Life is out July 21.
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