Kim Gordon has been doing quite a bit of press for the release of her memoir, Girl In A Band, which came out Tuesday, and her comments about Lana Del Rey have become something of a focal point. In the book, Gordon decries the pop star’s blasé attitude toward feminism, including the especially harsh comment that she should “just off herself,” which was later edited.
In a new interview with Mojo, Gordon expands on her comments about Del Rey. The interviewer contrasted Del Rey with Madonna, but Gordon disagreed and compared her to Chris Isaak.
At the time, Madonna wasn’t artifice. There was a certain irony in that people didn’t expect us to like her, but Into The Groove was a good, minimalist dance song. Lana Del Rey — I really don’t like her. For one thing, she’s a female Chris Isaak.
Gordon also skewered Del Rey’s assertion in Fader that “a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants”:
Yeah, of course. Anyone can do whatever they want. You still have to take responsibility for your personal actions as a female.
But the primary thing with which Gordon took issue was Del Rey’s video for “Ride,” which sparked controversy for including scenes that hint at prostitution, abuse and self-harm — and because Del Rey wears a Native American headdress in the video.
Does she really think young musicians should burn up in flames? It’s a dressing, a persona. I don’t like the whole self-destructive thing. That video for “Ride” was so disturbing. I think she’s weird and affected.
Del Rey has yet to respond to any of Gordon’s comments.