AceShowbiz - Lana Del Rey angered black community after she named Beyonce Knowles, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Doja Cat and Ariana Grande among others in Instagram post as she called out the double standards in the music industry. Among her critics was unsurprisingly Azealia Banks, who had a nasty Twitter spat with Lana back in 2018.
Although her response was not immediate, Azealia's reaction to Lana's tirade was mostly applauded by black Twitter. "That girl really said she invented women speaking their minds huh. Like I'm not dreaming ? That actually happened ?" she started writing on Twitter on Thursday, May 21 without name-dropping anyone.
She added in a separate post, "Like how many times are white women gonna randomly claim to have opened the pages the way for certain things to happen THAT WERE ALREADY HAPPENING!? This is Christopher Columbus discovering America all over again. We're tired." The outspoken rapper continued, "The White girls get a little critical acclaim for whispering on beats and forget how to act."
Azealia also dragged singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, who previously faced backlash after criticizing rap music, in her vicious Twitter rant. "First it was Billie eyelash giving her unwanted critic on rap music that one asked for now Lana claiming she invented a whole new dimension to womanhood that has always existed. I'm sure another girl is about to lose her damn mind and say something wild. WATCH!" Azealia said.
"For what it's worth I can empathize that she felt targeted for years and felt she needed to speak out but she could have gone about it a lot better because that wasn't it at all," she noted. "Women have been speaking on being in imperfect relationships/ situations. Beyonce's lemonade album exists, Nicki's Pink print album exists. You didn't open any doors. You simply joined the choir and then convinced yourself you were the choir master @LanaDelRey. Typical."
In her original post, Lana slammed critics who called out her provocative lyrics and deemed her musical explorations of domestic violence as "anti-feminist," writing, "Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce have all had number ones about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f**king, cheating etc - can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money - or whatever I want - without being crucified or saying that I'm glamorizing abuse?"
Insisting she's being "honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I've had," the "Venice B**ch" star went on to share, "There has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me - the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes - the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, The kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women."
Following the backlash, she defended her remarks and explained that this wasn't an issue in regards to women of color. "Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I'm talking about my favorite singers. I could've literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f***ing people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be," she wrote.