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Lana Del Rey Claims She Can’t Be Racist, Some of Her Best Friends are Rappers

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One of the most important lessons you can learn in life is that you can’t dig your way out of a hole. If you’re in a hole, a shovel is not the tool to use to get out of the hole and if you keep digging, all you’re going to do is make a deeper hole.

This is not only an idiom, it borders on cliche, so it’s surprising no one ever told Lana Del Rey this handy piece of advice.

Del Rey found herself in a hole earlier this year when she complained that she didn’t get as much attention as singers who were more open with their sexuality and named a group of largely black and Hispanic women because I guess Madonna and Britney Spears slipped her mind.

In a wild coincidence, her new album cover features Lana with her Hispanic friends. It looks something like this.

Lana then addressed this in a since-deleted Instagram post, via Uproxx.

I also want to say that with everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And damn! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover yes there are people of color on this records picture and that’s all I’ll say about that but thank you. My beautiful friend Valerie from Del Rio Mexico, my dearest friend Alex and my gorgeous friend Dakota Rain as well as my sweetheart Tatiana. these are my friends this is my life. We are all a beautiful mix of everything- some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do. In 11 years working I have always been extremely inclusive without even trying to. My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers. My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so before you make comments again about a WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m literally changing the world by putting my life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it.

God, she is just the Kanye West of white women, isn’t she?

“Literally changing the world.” That is a sentence Lana Del Rey said about her music. If you stopped a hundred people on the street and asked them who Lana Del Rey is, I’ll bet more people would say “Superman’s girlfriend from Smallville” than would own one of her albums.

Really, the “my best friends are rappers” thing could very easily become a meme. Like, before she said that I didn’t think Lana Del Rey was racist but now I kind of do based only on that one sentence. That’s just not the sort of thing it occurs to a normal person to say.

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