Doja Cat has posted a bizarre response to Lana Del Rey’s controversial Instagram post in which she cited several other female artists as she hit back at claims her music “glamorises abuse”.
Cat was named alongside Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé by Del Rey, who said that they “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating etc”.
She then posed a rhetorical question: “Can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????”
Del Rey’s comments incited a backlash from fans on social media, who interpreted her statement as an attack on the artists she named, most of whom were women of colour.
Doja Cat comments on Lana Del Rey’s Instagram post referencing her and other female artists:
“Gang sunk that dunker” pic.twitter.com/NS7pTIbZbY
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 21, 2020
Cat then responded with the comment: “Gang sunk that dunker”, before it was quickly deleted.
But she has since changed her Twitter handle to “GANG” and posted part of the phrase in a tweet, asking her followers to fill in the blank.
Gang ______________. (Complete it)
— GANG? (@DojaCat) May 21, 2020
It is unclear what the comment means but one Twitter user claimed: “Gang, meaning a friend and in this place referencing Lana. So Lana sunk, as in she landed, and dunker meaning the point trying to get across, (Imagine dunker meaning truth bomb). So Lana’s points were made.”
Cat has yet to clarify her comment.
Gang, meaning a friend and in this place referencing lana. So lana sunk, as in she landed, and dunker meaning the point trying to get across, (Imagine dunker meaning truth bomb). So Lana’s points were made. Youre welcome
— Joshua Mendes (@DrJoshuaM1) May 21, 2020
Leaving several comments on her original post on May 22, Del Rey has since said: “To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things. I fucking love these singers and know them. #that is why I mentioned them I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria.”
“… the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers,” she continued, “so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest.
“It doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.”
She added: “I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro-call me racist because that is bullshit.”
UK’s first legal socially distanced rave held in Nottingham
The UK’s first permitted, socially distanced rave has been held in Nottingham.
An event hosted by UK collective Nitty took place in a forest near Nottingham on Saturday (May 30), which was approved by the local council.
Mixmag reports that the party featured sets by acts including Latmun, Ben Sterling and Dafs. Everyone in attendance had to keep two metres apart at all times – save for those who live together – so as to comply with the government’s health and safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to observing social distancing rules, guests were given KN95 face masks and hand sanitiser bottles by organisers to help keep people safe at the rave. DJ equipment was regularly cleaned with antibacterial wipes.
The party was hosted as part of a documentary film exploring socially distanced events in Britain and how the hospitality industry might adapt to new restrictions, Mixmag added.
Only 40 people were allowed to attend the rave despite 750 people signing up to a mailing list to request entry to ensure that social distancing could be adequately followed. Although there were signs posted around the event alerting the public to it and its legality, the police were called on by some local residents.
Organisers showed the police council permission documents and said the rave would be over by 10pm. The organisers of Nitty told Mixmag that police were satisfied that social distancing rules were being followed and happy for the event to continue, telling them to “have fun”.
Stacey Thomas, who runs The Lexington in London, was one manager who said they have doubts about what future financial viability there would be if socially distanced gigs were encouraged.
“One of the worst things that the government can do is say, ‘OK you can re-open, but keep your distance please’. That’s going to harm a lot of businesses – not just us but cinemas, theatres, restaurants and pubs. If the government do that and turn off the furlough tap, then we’d start paying full wages, lose our argument about paying rent, we won’t be able to pay the bands, and the bands won’t want to play in a venue with no atmosphere.”
Tool cancel 2020 North American tour to ensure fans get their money back
Tool have confirmed the outright cancellation of their 2020 North American tour in an effort to return money to fans who purchased tickets.
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However, the band have now explained the decision to cancel the tour, while expressing their hopes of returning “when the time is right.”
They wrote: “As so many music lovers have come to realise over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can pull from in these unprecedented times.
“When we played what would be our final show of 2020, March 11 at Portland’s Moda Center, we believed we would be back on the road sometime this Fall. As we worked towards that goal we’ve come to realise that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return.
“As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters…
“At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages. Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. In our opinion, tying up our fans’ money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years.
“Please know, we want nothing more than to return to the road, to play these songs for you and to celebrate our shared recovery. When the time is right, we will do just that.
“In the coming days you will receive an email from the ticketing service you purchased tickets through notifying you of the event cancellation and when to expect your refund.”
In April, Tool drummer Danny Carey also revealed that the band are hoping to write new music while in quarantine.
Watch Kele Okereke perform Bloc Party’s ‘Kettling’ in support of Black Lives Matter
The Bloc Party frontman, whose most recent solo record was last year’s ‘2042’, shared a video of himself playing the song from his home. The word ‘Kettling’ refers to the police tactic in which officers form large cordons to contain a crowd within a limited area.
Some of the lyrics to the song from Bloc Party’s 2012 album, ‘Four’, read: “Po-po don’t fuck around / As their cameras take pictures of us“, and: “Because they can’t stop this / We can feel it in our bones“.
Okereke’s performance comes amid a time of global unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd, 46, was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. As well as Chauvin, three other officers now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
“The political backdrop that we’re experiencing right now is quite frightening to me,” Okereke explained. “The most powerful man in the world in the US is a racist and, in this country, the Prime Minister is an unapologetic racist too. Brexit has unleashed a wave of nativist patriotism and there’s been an unleashing of ugliness and a coarsening of the rhetoric,” he said.
“I’ve never experienced such widespread public racism and for it to be given the centre ground…”
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