Lana Del Rey is not the kind of singer you’d expect to be deep and profound. But it still came as a shock to her fans when she recently admitted that she has no thoughts on the upcoming election.
On Tuesday, February 23, the seductive crooner won an award for Female Musical Artist of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in London. When Lana Del Rey was asked by Elle UK her thoughts on Trump, who is running for the Republican Party, she seem conflicted and somewhat confused. It’s kind of hard for anyone to avoid the current election, especially when Trump’s face is front and center.
It’s understandable since Del Rey is still riding on the success of her critically acclaimed album Honeymoon. Since its October 2015 debut, she went to release four music videos for “High By the Beach,” “Honeymoon,” “Music To Watch Boys To,” and “Freak.” Maybe Del Rey needs to catch up on the ongoing Republican and Democratic debates.
“There’s a lot to talk about. I mean, you know, although I believe that personality shouldn’t get in the way of people’s true politics and what they are actually standing for, I need more information from all of my potential candidates.
“From all of them. Democrats, Republications, I have a lot of conflicting feelings about all of them, to be politically correct. I need more time to figure out what they’re saying can pass through and is actually feasible. Not just with Trump but with Democratic potential candidates.”
Interestingly enough, Lana Del Rey’s name was recently used to describe the current politics of Donald Trump. According to an opinion piece published by the Daily Orange on February 24, writer Brett Weiser-Schlesinger said that Trump, like Del Rey, is praised for his unique image even though both have been questioned about their not-so-humble beginnings. In the beginning of her career, Del Rey said that she was homeless, while critics slammed her for having her father fund her career.
“Lana Del Rey may have changed her sound several times and had a career funded by rich ancestors, but so have most of the big names in pop and indie music.”
The writer also made it a point to say that he has no plans to vote for Trump, nor will he listen to any of Del Rey’s music anytime soon.
In other news, Pop Matters slammed the singer in its opinion piece published on February 22. In the article titled “What kind of media game is Lana Del Rey playing?” Blair McDonald writes the following.
“[F]rom a cultural standpoint, while much has been said of her various personas, there is little explanation as to who and what exactly Lana Del Rey represents. Speculations abound, given that the star communicates so little with today’s modern media.”
Little is known about the singer other than her start as Elizabeth Grant to her rebirth of the Lana Del Rey that we all know today. Her lyrics often touch upon violent and passionate relationships with older men as she embarks on her search for true love. In her videos, she has expressed her love for 50s and 60s Americana, much like Trump has repeatedly stated he would make “America great again” if he’s elected president. He too dreams about old Americana.
It’s possible that Del Rey’s image is purely fiction, like the opinion piece states. It’s probably the reason why she doesn’t share her thoughts on current events or let her fans know what’s going on her private life. She effortlessly kept a low profile with her Italian boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini, who she broke up with in late 2015, according to reports.
Lana Del Rey last raised eyebrows when she told the Fader that the concept of feminism was just not “interesting” enough for her to think about. But is it really shocking that a singer who croons about her daddy issues is not a staunch feminist?
“I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested,” Del Rey lamented.
She was quoted, saying, “It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area. I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m at the forefront of new technological movements.”
Apparently, it’s difficult for Del Rey to focus on both hot topics at once.
Of course, this could be all part of Del Rey’s plan to keep the general public guessing while keeping her true persona in the dark. Hopefully, the singer actually has an opinion on important topics, such as politics and feminism, behind closed doors when she’s not crooning about old money and rich daddies.
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