Fashion choices sometimes have consequences.
Last month, Lana Del Rey took some heat when she was seen wearing a bedazzled mesh face mask while greeting fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The “Summertime Sadness” singer made an impromptu stop at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles to promote her poetry book, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass and wore the same sparkly covering adorning her face on the September cover of Interview magazine.
However, the stylish breathable covering did not appear to protect against coronavirus and fans were quick to criticize the 35-year-old as “irresponsible” and “a danger to herself and others.” She was even called a “Karen” as she seemed to ignore L.A. COVID-19 guidelines asking that everyone wear cloth face masks when out in public or interacting with others.
“Lana i’m begging you wear a real mask,” one user wrote on Instagram while another added, “people my age having serious conditions and getting Corona could easily kill them. You behave like my mom, your [sic] such a Karen, how old are you wtf…” Others took to social media with memes referencing the title of her album “Born To Die.”
The New City York native had remained quiet on the controversy but on Monday, when the Michigan Daily tweeted a story about the scandal surrounding the 35-year-old wearing the mesh mask — Del Rey responded.
“How @LanaDelRey wearing a mesh mask in public may have gotten her “canceled,” the student-run newspaper tweeted out.
The musician quickly commented on the post, saying: “Great article. The mask had plastic on the inside. They’re commonly sewn in by stylists these days. I don’t generally respond to articles because I don’t care. But there ya go. Same goes for everyone’s masks in my video. I’m lucky enough to have a team of people who can do that.”
Again not that I believe it’s anyone’s business at all-but I made it clear who I voted for. And I don’t glamorize tough relationships. Relationships can just be tough. Period. Every other singer sings about the same damn thing. Always have, Probably always will. Thanks stay tuned
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) November 17, 2020
The outlet also questioned Del Rey’s political stance and who she voted for in the 2020 election, writing, “Other whispers online have suggested that Del Rey glamorizes abusive and toxic relationships; some have accused the artist of being a secret “Trump supporter,” going so far as to say that Del Rey’s American vintage style is indicative of her personal politics (“Harken, ye old glory days”).”
“Again not that I believe it’s anyone’s business at all-but I made it clear who I voted for,” the six-time Grammy nominee clapped back. “And I don’t glamorize tough relationships. Relationships can just be tough. Period. Every other singer sings about the same damn thing. Always have, Probably always will. Thanks stay tuned.”