She’s performed witchcraft against President Donald Trump and now pop singer Lana Del Rey has pledged to remove the stars and stripes from her concerts because of the commander in chief.
In a recent interview with Pitchfork, the Grammy-nominated recording artist announced she will remove American flag imagery from her shows due to her disapproval of Trump’s policies and behavior. Del Rey’s comments came after writer Alex Frank asked if it’s “harder to be romantic about America when Trump is the nation’s biggest celebrity.”
Frank’s question was rooted in the fact that, since her ascension in 2011, the “Summertime Sadness” singer’s style has become synonymous with Americana elements and nostalgic decor from the 1950s and ’60s. In the past, Old Glory has been a staple of Del Rey’s style.
But it appears her affair with the American flag may be ending, at least as long as Trump is in the White House.
“It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos,” Del Ray said. “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,” she said. “It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that.”
The 32-year-old performer went on to say she believed it would be “inappropriate,” now that Trump is in the Oval Office, to fly the American flag while putting on a show in a country like France.
“It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013,” Del Rey said.
Earlier in their discussion, Del Rey explained to Frank why she feels it is now appropriate to write “protest songs.”
“[T]hings have shifted culturally,” she said. “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.”
Del Rey claimed that, with Trump at the helm, she feels “less safe than I did when Obama was president.”
“Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly,” the singer claimed. “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.”
Given Del Rey’s disapproval of Trump, it may come as no surprise that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a big fan of the songwriter’s airy pop ballads.
In a 2016 op-ed for Billboard magazine, Clinton praised artists like Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, and Demi Lovato, women whose talent is as “dazzling” as their work ethic.
“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. “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.”