Lana Del Rey has been criticised for posting footage of protesters in Los Angeles without blurring or covering their faces to protect their identities.
This past weekend, it appears Del Rey took to the streets of LA to join one of the many protests happening around the world in support of #BlackLivesMatter. The protests are seeking justice for George Floyd and the many other African American victims of police brutality.
In a since-deleted video posted to Instagram, Del Rey shared footage of protesters and people looting. She allegedly zoomed in on the protesters, leaving their identities exposed.
“.@LanaDelRey please remove your instagram post it’s dangerous as f–k and a very poor choice of moments to post,” Kehlani wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
“by all means protest, but DO NOT endanger people with your very massive platform. oh and turn your f–kin comments on man.”
Tinashe also took to Twitter, writing, “@LanaDelRey why the fuck are you posting people looting stores on your page literally WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM.”
She then later thanked Del Rey for deleting the video.
@LanaDelRey thank you for removing your post!!!!!!!!!!!
— TINASHE (@Tinashe) May 31, 2020
However, Kehlani later said that Del Rey allegedly re-posted a version of the offending video in which protestors’ faces were still visible.
“i was told the post was deleted and that was my point so i deleted the tweet but i guess it’s not deleted it’s just reposted?” Kehlani wrote.
“leaving it up on my story but hopefully if she gets enough dm’s she will take it completely down.”
i was told the post was deleted and that was my point so i deleted the tweet but i guess it’s not deleted it’s just reposted ? leaving it up on my story but hopefully if she gets enough dm’s she will take it completely down.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 31, 2020
Lana Del Rey faced huge backlash last month following a post in which she cited numerous black female artists to hit back at claims she was “glamorizing abuse”.
“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,” she wrote, “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 glamorising abuse???????”
Following criticism, Del Rey doubled down on her message, saying that she’s “not the enemy” and “definitely not racist.”
In another Instagram post, she announced that her new album is titled ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ and will be out September 5.