Lana Del Rey has addressed a previous comment she made about feminism not being an “interesting concept” to her in a new interview conducted by James Franco.
Speaking last year to Fader, the singer was quoted as saying, “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept. 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.'”
“My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants,” she added at the time.
Talking with actor Franco for the latest issue of V Magazine, Del Rey clarified her viewpoint on the issue, saying, “The luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, ‘I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future.'”
“It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area,” she added. “I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m standing at the forefront of new technological movements. I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.”
Meanwhile, Franco is believed to have written about the singer alongside award-winning writer David Shields. It has been reported that Flip-Side: Real And Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey will be released in March 2016.
However, Del Rey herself has downplayed claims that the book will be published. She told Zane Lowe last month: “I guess I was surprised there was a book. I haven’t seen it. And I don’t think it’s gonna come out. It’s a cool idea – I think we definitely wanna be in on it and have time.”
Del Rey continued to state that she does indeed admire Franco’s work and “became friends” with him recently. “He’s someone I artistically look up to. That scenario is rare,” she said.
Franco had previously penned a short essay about Del Rey for V Magazine, writing: “When I watch her stuff, when I listen to her stuff, I am reminded of everything I love about Los Angeles. I am sucked into a long gallery of Los Angeles cult figurines, and cult people, up all night like vampires and bikers.”
“The only difference between Lana and me is her haunting voice. That carries everything. The voice is the central axle around which the spokes of everything else extend.”
Lana Del Rey’s new album, ‘Honeymoon’, will be released on September 18.