Singing star Lana Del Ray is removing the American flag from her tour because it makes her feel unsafe since the election of President Donald Trump.
“It’s certainly uncomfortable,” she told Pitchfork in an interview published Wednesday “I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die.’ It’s not going to happen.”
The 32-year-old said she would rather have “static” than the flag.
“It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013,” she said.
“I feel less safe than I did when [Barack] Obama was president,” Del Rey added. “When you have a leader at the top of the pyramid who is casually being loud and funny about things like that, it’s brought up character defects in people who already have the propensity to be violent towards women. I saw it right away in L.A. Walking down the street, people would just say things to you that I had never heard.”
“Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly,” she said, discounting the 42 percent of women who voted for President Trump as if they didn’t matter. “What if they take away Planned Parenthood? What if we can’t get birth control? Now, when people ask me those questions, I feel a little differently. The reason why I asked Stevie Nicks to be on the record is because she changes when her environment changes, and I’m like that as well.”
Removing the flag is a switch for Del Rey, who has been a patriotic artist with American flag visuals and tunes like “American” and “National Anthem” to her credit.
During the presidential campaign, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton called out Del Rey, among other female artists like Missy Elliot and Lady Gaga, as role models.
“They all had to keep at it, even in the face of failure and discouragement — they kept singing, kept writing, kept getting better and better,” she wrote in an op-ed for Billboard Magazine.
“They did it because they knew they had something special to offer the world. They knew their stories and points of view were worth sharing. And they were absolutely right about that.”
“Wonderfully, many of these women are channeling their success in thoughtful and generous ways,” Clinton wrote. “They’re starting foundations, mentoring girls and enthusiastically advocating for causes close to their hearts — everything from improving mental healthcare to registering people to vote.”
Would Clinton still consider Del Rey, who is embarrassed of the American flag, a role model?
Did she consider her a role model after she asked her fans to participate in using witchcraft to put a hex on the president?
At the stroke of midnight
Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23
Ingredients can b found online
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) February 24, 2017
She confirmed, in an interview last week with NME, that she did use witchcraft against the president.
“Yeah, I did it. Why not? Look, I do a lot of s**t”, she said.
“I’m in line with Yoko [Ono]and John [Lennon] and the belief that there’s a power to the vibration of a thought. Your thoughts are very powerful things and they become words, and words become actions, and actions lead to physical changes,” she added.
“I really do believe that words are one of the last forms of magic and I’m a bit of a mystic at heart,” she said.
Her antics didn’t gain her many fans on social media.
If our flag offends u then leave our COUNTRY! Boycott her concerts!
— William Mckinney (@WMcKimney) July 21, 2017
Guess our American $$ must terrify her, then. We’ll just hold on to it so as not to offend anyone. #FlyHerProud 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Stevie: Made in 🇺🇸 (@StevieRenee3) July 21, 2017
A flag reminds you of our president but standing on American soil doesn’t …it’s a package deal Lana ..can’t have one w /o the other#getout pic.twitter.com/Z8kx6kC7rl
— Alexandria Spain (@Apic4602193) July 21, 2017
— Wally Gator (@BadJuJu19) July 21, 2017
Maybe she would feel safer in Middle East bye all Americans need to boycott her
— James Mcclintock (@JamesMc02180873) July 22, 2017
@LanaDelRey is pathetic, removing the USA flag because she feels unsafe? Boycott her tour so she doesn’t have to worry about Anything
— MAGA_NOW (@MAGANOW3) July 22, 2017
@LanaDelRey has become a pariah. Everybody thats a patriot should boycott her. She hates our flag, but takes American dollars. BOYCOTT.
— Juan Olivarez (@juanoli53) July 21, 2017
You feel ‘less safe’ in America? Take a flight to Pakistan and lemme know how safe you feel Lana Del Witchcraft.
— MATT 🇺🇸 (@ihatematt) July 21, 2017
So not only was she into fluffy bunny “witchcraft” to remove Trump from office, now she’s bishing about how the flag makes her feel.. 🙄
— Lilliandra •_• 🕸🕷 (@RealLilliandra) July 21, 2017
— DJC5 (@DJCannon5) July 23, 2017
Well, I see her ticket sales going down in the near future. But she saw that since she’s a witch right?? No 🇺🇸 no support! #MAGA
— Republican Barbie®💜 (@blonderella26) July 23, 2017
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