When self-described sad girl Lana Del Rey recently told The Guardian, "I wish I was dead already," she envisioned joining the ranks of her gone-too-soon heroes like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. Tropes, tropes, tropes: the girl's got 'em.
Frances Bean Cobain, who was a 1-year-old when her father Kurt killed himself, did not like this at all, and responded to Del Rey on Twitter last night:
After feeling apparent heat from Lana Del Rey's fans, who don't seem to have a cute pet name like "lambs" or "KatyCats," but absolutely should not be referred to as "suicide girls," Cobain clarified:
Pretty classy, as Twitter blasts go. Cobain didn't even resort to, "Keep my father's name outcha mouth," or anything. Del Rey responded a few minutes ago:
Hmmm, ok then. Clearly, Cobain was working from personal experience to make a greater point about public figures' attitudes toward death, but whatever. You judge for yourself and listen to exactly what Del Rey said because, as Pitchfork points out, Guardian writer Tim Jonze posted audio of his interview with Del Rey after she attacked his journalistic integrity in a series of now-deleted tweets that read:
I regret trusting The Guardian—I didn't want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis was masked as a fan, but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he's actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about. His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.
(By "Alexis," she's referring to Alexis Petridis, who reviewed her new album, Ultraviolence, for The Guardian, not the actual human being that she met with and spoke to for over an hour. Whoops.)
Not that there's anything wrong with being calculated when conducting an interview, but the answer sounds at least as calculated, if not more so, to shock.
The exchange went:
Jonze: Is it something that you would see as glamorous in yourself? That's quite a dark question to ask, but like, is there like a fantasy of dying young yourself that you could subscribe to?
Del Rey: Um, yeah. I mean, you know, I wish I was dead already.
Jonze: Don't say that.
Del Rey: I do!
Jonze: Aw you don't.
Del Rey: I do, yeah, I do, I, you know, I don't want to have to, like, keep doing this. You know, but I am.
Jonze: The music side...
Del Rey: Everything.
Jonze: ...being a pop star or just being alive?
Del Rey: Everything. I mean, that's just how I feel. You know, if it wasn't that way, I wouldn't say it...
Not accepting accountability for your ill-advised interview answers...hey, why, that's a trope, too!
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