Lana Del Rey hasn’t exactly been endearing herself to her pop-star peers lately. Yesterday, Del Rey was out at one of the protests against police brutality, and she posted two Instagram videos. In one, a man — face clearly visible — stands on top of a destroyed car, holding a sign and a fist aloft. In a second video, she films as people break into businesses and run out with merchandise. (She’s since deleted the second video.) Del Rey also posted an image of herself at the protests, and she disabled the comments on all of the posts.
The problem with that, as other musicians have been quick to point out, is that it makes it easier for people to identify and target the people in those videos. Kehlani, for instance, tweeted directly at Del Rey, telling her to take the videos down: “@LanaDelRey please remove your instagram post it’s dangerous as fuck and a very poor choice of moments to post. by all means protest, but DO NOT endanger people with your very massive platform. oh and turn your fuckin comments on man.”
Tinashe also took issue with Del Rey’s posts: “@LanaDelRey why the fuck are you posting people looting stores on your page literally WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM.” Kehlani and Tinashe have since deleted their posts, but the screenshots remain.
these girls were just waiting for the perfect time to call out lana del rey. theyʼve had enough 🙅🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/KweGIQH9lW
— sam (@samanthaswft) May 31, 2020
lana del rey posted a minute long video of people looting stores for her 16.5 millions followers to see SHE EVEN ZOOMED IN??? I HAVE NO WORDS pic.twitter.com/arNnpZoKfo
— a⁷ #BLM (@outroswt) May 31, 2020
Kehlani was one of the women who Lana Del Rey named a week and a half ago, when she posted a message to critics who have accused her of glamorizing abuse. The message started out with this: “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc.” In a number of defensive posts since then, Del Rey has claimed that the women she names are her “favorite fucking people” and that she wasn’t being dismissive of them.