Let’s start with the positives: Lana Del Rey looks real pretty in the video for her song/publicity stunt, “National Anthem”, and it is brave of her to take part in a music video that highlights everything that is wrong with her image. When LDR broke onto the scene last year, she rode on a wave of nostalgia and pouted lips, and her ability to maintain any momentum after Lizzy-gate (and that May Jailer business) indicates that either many people are behind on news in the indie scene (not that she’s indie, but work with me here) or many people actually like the music she makes.
I’m willing to bet that the same people still have a copy of Middle of Nowhere within arm’s reach at all times. Here, though, Del Rey conjures up the image of not one, not two, but three cultural icons—LDR as Marilyn Monroe, LDR as Jackie O, and A$AP Rocky as JFK. It’s not a straight interpretation, but that’s because Lizzy is a one-of-a-kind artist with such a vibrant voice and totally not because no one who could count to sixteen without taking off both socks would otherwise connect with a soulless tune that suggests passion rather than incites it.
Actually, I thought of another positive: I’m glad that Lana Del Rey ended racism. She’s got that going for her, at the very least.