|Pretty Hate Machine: The Problem of Lana Del Rey|
Ok, I’m gonna duck and cover here, and say I don’t hate Lana Del Rey. Maybe I don’t care enough to have such strong feelings, but I’m truly perplexed by the deep hatred people have for her. Even here in the BUST office, Team Lana only comprises about 30 percent of the staff. You’d think she’d murdered kittens while wearing an NRA tube top. Look, she’s no Adele in the singing department, and yes, I object to a 24-year-old girl getting lip injections (you don’t need ’em, Lana) but really, Internet, simmer down now. Here are some of my reasons for defending her:
I think people hate Del Rey because she got lucky: lucky that a major label decided to pour a bunch of money into her album and a publicity campaign on her behalf. Del Rey is also being positioned as an indie star, which is where things get tricky. Indie rockers are supposed to be more “real,” and certainly not manufactured by managers and A+R guys. Plus she’s awfully pretty and plays the sex kitten (which is a tried-and-true technique, and not a crime). Of course, I’m judging her after only hearing three songs, so maybe her album will be terrible and I’ll regret this post. But really, her music’s just entertainment, and in the end, not worthy of all the vitriol.
There have been plenty of arguments for and against her—it seems people love to fight over Lana Del Rey. Here are some choice posts on the subject, all more eloquent than mine…
Pro—Collapse Board.com: The Question of Authenticity and Lana Del Rey
Con—Amy Klein's blog: The Problem With Lana Del Ray
and Crushable.com: Some Things You Should Know About Lana Del Rey Before She Plays SNL
Middle—Good.com: Why the Indie Music World Hates Lana Del Rey
I’m curious what BUST readers think. Lana: love her or hate her?
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