Over the past year Lana Del Rey has been publicly silent after her “anti-feminist” comments landed her in some serious hot water from critics. In an interview with her number one fanboy James Franco for V Magazine Lana addresses her comments again, but carefully tip-toes around controversy this time.
Here’s what she said back in 2014 to The Fader that got her in such trouble:
“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.”
Many criticized these comments for being overly naïve about the kind of world that she describes; as one where a “woman who feels free” is ideal, but it is unfortunately not an accurate depiction of reality. Her response in V magazine is as follows:
“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. 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.”
It’s hard to tell if there’s an apology in there for her comments (probably not, let’s be honest), but she goes on: “I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.”
Talk about ambiguous statements. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.