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Lana Del Rey's criticism of Kanye West means nothing after the drama surrounding her Israel gig

Azealia Banks had plenty to say on the topic of Lana’s call-out.

LAST NIGHT, RAPPER Kanye West uploaded yet another Instagram post in support of Donald Trump. 

The 41-year-old shared a photograph of himself in a Make America Great Again cap while flying on a private jet, and wrote:

This represents America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.

Nobody knows what’s best for the ordinary people of America like a man relaxing on a $33,000 flight

While Lana Del Rey was scrolling down her Instagram timeline yesterday evening, she spotted the post and decided to comment. You can see screenshots here. Here’s what she wrote:

Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture. I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of Grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism – none of which would be a talking point if we weren’t speaking about the man leading our country.
If you think it’s alright to support a man who believes it’s OK to grab a woman by the pussy just because he’s famous – then you need an intervention as much as he does – something so many narcissists will never get because there just isn’t enough help for them. Message sent with concern that will never be addressed. 

Sure, Kanye’s a massive eejit and there’s plenty of reason for Lana to be angry, but maybe she should take some brief consideration before calling someone else a narcissist. A few weeks ago,  the 33-year-old was suggesting that her music could bring an end to decades of conflict dating back to Israel’s occupation of Palestine in 1967. 

Lana appeared as a headliner on the lineup for the Meteor festival in Tel Aviv, which resulted in backlash from many fans hoping Lana would cancel the performance as acts like Gorillaz, Lauryn Hill and singer Lorde have previously done. Jewish and Palestinian fans had gotten in touch with Lorde to explain the importance of boycotting Israel

Today, millions of people stand opposed to the Israeli government’s policies of oppression, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, occupation and apartheid. As part of this struggle, we believe that an economic, intellectual and artistic boycott is an effective way of speaking out against these crimes. 

Lorde took this feedback on board and cancelled her concert, but Lana Del Rey responded a little bit differently to criticism. She wrote on Twitter:

I understand many of u are upset that we’re going to Tel Aviv for the Meteor festival, I understand your concern. I really do. What I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together. 

Incredible. Why did nobody think of that before? Lana said that her Israeli show was booked and planned “to be done with a loving energy and a thematic emphasis on peace.” Historically, loving energy hasn’t been quite as effective as boycotting, tbh.

Eventually, Lana announced that she would play a Palestinian gig to balance things out. She was unable to book a concert in Palestine, so she eventually decided to cancel her appearance at the Meteor festival – quietly though, without publicly voicing any opposition to the Israeli government policies that her fans were critical of.

On top of that, Azealia Banks took to Twitter to share some more reasons why Lana’s criticism of Kanye was inconsistent with some of her previous actions. 

Referring to the charges of assault brought against A$AP Rocky in 2013 after he allegedly hit a female fan, Banks said that Lana Del Rey used Kanye in a ‘vapid attempt to seem politically aware’.

Azealia then added:

I suggest you apologise to Kanye for trying to selectively make him complicit in 45′s abuse of women simply for agreeing with parts of his ideology while you frolic through society with other black male abusers, like A$AP Rocky, who have kicked random women in the face at concerts.
 It’s pro white women’s agenda. She doesn’t give a f**k that Trump grabbed a pussy.

Azealia also said that after Russell Crowe spat on her in front of witnesses, she turned to Lana Del Rey for support.

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