Lana Del Rey has responded to criticisms of her mesh mask, clarifying that it had plastic sewn on the inside of it.
The singer had worn the mask during book signing in October with fans for her new poetry collection, Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. In response to videos posted of the event, commenters criticized Del Rey for choosing a mask that did not cover her entire mouth, and thus allowed for a greater chance that she could spread or get infected by COVID-19.
Over a month later, Del Rey clarified her mask’s material while responding to an article by The Michigan Daily pondering her “cancellation.”
“The mask had plastic on the inside,” Del Rey tweeted. “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,” she added. “I’m lucky enough to have a team of people who can do that.”
When asked why she took so long to issue her clarification, Del Rey responded, “Bro I’m working on 2 albums and excitedly and happily donating a million dollars throughout the nation. If I responded to everything I would be [shrugging emoji].”
Del Rey has had an eventful 2020, though probably not in the way she would’ve hoped. In addition to the mask brouhaha, Del Rey also faced criticism over the summer when she listed primarily women of color who she felt were getting a pass regarding certain lyrical content while she herself was being accused of “glamorizing abuse.”
More recently, she shared a video from a Denny’s giving an update about her new album on the night of the election, which resulted in headlines such as “Somehow, Lana Del Rey Managed to Make Election Night About Her.”
By Josh Johnson
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