Singer Lana Del Rey, known for her vintage style, sultry singing voice, and “sad girl lyrics” has become the target of strong words in an upcoming memoir from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, titled Girl in a Band. Gordon, 61-years-old, seems to be less than impressed with Del Rey and her opinions on feminism, drugs, and depression in an excerpt that has reportedly surfaced from the memoir online in a tweet.
— Joe Keohane (@JoeKeohane) February 19, 2015
Gordon allegedly has has scathing words for Lana and seems to be referring to an interview with the Fader last year when Del Rey said feminism is “just not an interesting concept.” According to Gordon’s book, the following details exactly what she thinks of Del Rey as well as her comments regarding feminism in that interview.
“Today we have someone like Lana Del Rey, who doesn’t even know what feminism is, who believes women can do whatever they want, which, in her world, tilts toward self-destruction, whether it’s sleeping with gross old men or getting gang raped by bikers. Equal pay and equal rights would be nice. Naturally, it’s just a persona. If she really truly believes it’s beautiful when young musicians go out on a hot flame of drugs and depression, why doesn’t she just off herself?”
Harsh words coming from Gordon, but Lana isn’t the only one targeted in the book. According to Consequence of Sound, Gordon doesn’t mince words when she also shares her less-than-flattering opinions on Billy Corgan (“such a crybaby”), Courtney Love (“egomaniacal”), and her ex-husband Thurston Moore, whom Gordon says had an affair which caused their split.
Lana Del Rey fans have come out in support of the singer, taking swings at Gordon on Twitter over the former Sonic Youth frontwoman’s opinions.
@KimletGordon I like that one song you made 70 years ago, but, quite frankly, Lana is light years ahead of you darling. Stay in your lane.
— Edgar Alec Poe (@astownes) February 20, 2015
Other Twitter users are tweeting words of support to Gordon, writing they feel the same way about Lana Del Rey. Whether positive or negative, Gordon has retweeted much of the response to her excerpt.
— Adam Keleman (@ABKman) February 19, 2015
— Robbie Stamp (@CyclickBob) February 19, 2015
Lana was previously criticized by Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. In a series of tweets sent directly to Lana Del Rey, Frances Bean wrote, “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize. I’ll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it’s ‘cool.’ [sic]”
So far, Del Rey hasn’t responded publicly to Gordon and hasn’t tweeted since February 6.
Gordon’s memoir, Girl in a Band, releases February 24. Does the excerpt about Lana Del Rey make you want to read the book?
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