Lana Del Rey is no fan of Donald Trump. In fact, the liberal pop star loathes the president so much, she has announced she will no longer be displaying the American flag at her concerts as long as he’s in office.
Del Ray, having rocketed to fame with hit singles such as “Summertime Sadness” and “Video Games,” is known for brandishing American-style themes in her videos and while performing on stage. For much of her career, touting Old Glory was a major part of her image.
Not any longer. In an interview with Pitchfork, the Grammy-nominated recording artist expressed her contempt for the Trump administration and why she isn’t as proud of the red, white and blue.
“I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die.’ It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. 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.”
Having been somewhat critical of feminism in the past, Del Rey explained her change in attitude under the Trump administration.
“Because things have shifted culturally. It’s more appropriate now than under the Obama administration, where at least everyone I knew felt safe. It was a good time. We were on the up-and-up. Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly. What if they take away Planned Parenthood? What if we can’t get birth control?”
She went on to say in the interview that she feels “less safe” than she did when Obama was in office – and suggested that Trump’s behavior has increased harassment against women across the country.
It’s one thing not to be a fan of your president, but it’s something entirely different when you direct that hatred towards the country itself (and yes, the American flag is a representation of this country). No matter who comes and goes into the White House, the stars and stripes will always be here to stay – representing all that is great about America. The flag itself may change with the wind, but your opinion of it never should.
As far as liberal stars go, Del Rey didn’t used to be that bad. Parading the stars and stripes is a conservative gesture in and of itself. She had, for a time, incensed progressives by dismissing feminism as uninteresting. Unfortunately, Trump Derangement Syndrome has affected our celebrity community to a devastating degree. This isn’t even the first time Del Rey has spoken against our president.
A self-described enthusiast of the occult, the pop singer confirmed that she had, in fact, tried to perform witchcraft against Trump. In an interview earlier this month, Del Rey admitted to an attempt to place a hex on the 45th President in an effort to remove him from office.