Lana Del Rey's "Ride" Is an Exercise in Clichés and Victimhood

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You may have previously noticed that few things in life inspire sheer, gut-wrenching aggravation in us more than Lana Del Rey. In the history of music, we're not sure any artist has gone so far above and beyond in the pursuit of victimhood. Her previous videos have featured her drowning, her dying in a car crash, and her living out a Jackie Onassis oh-shit-my-husband's-been-assassinated nightmare. In all of these, she has flounced around, pouting and weak-willed, looking very beautiful, extraordinarily useless and -- oh yes -- very submissive. So, of course, we couldn't wait to see what travesty awaited us when she released the video for her new single, "Ride." And -- oh good! -- this one has daddy issues up the wazoo. Let's take a look.



The role of the submissive, desperate little girl begins immediately here with the rambling, (seemingly) never-ending spoken-word intro that essentially works really hard to reinforce the stereotype that it's entirely impossible for women to live full and contented lives without men: "I was in the winter of my life. And the men I met along the open road were my only summer." Awesome. And, oh good! Here comes the victim complex! "It takes getting everything you've ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is." Oh, do fuck off.

But then the singing commences and everything just gets worse. So, so much worse. Aside from anything else, at this point, every single Lana Del Rey song is a repetition of the last: sweeping strings, warbled vocals, contrived drama, and a giant dollop of pretension on the side. The "emotions" involved in "Ride" are about as real as Del Rey's fucking nails. "I'm tired of feeling like I'm fucking crazy," she swoons. Well, we're tired of watching you pretend to be, you dope. "I've got a war in my mind," she sings, tapping her forehead with a gun in the video. What's the message here? That being mentally disturbed and a bit suicidal is sexy?

Also, can we talk about the weird daddy shit going on here? It's a new low, even for Del Rey. Pairing an image of your young, nubile self, child-like bow in hair, sitting on the lap of a grizzly old man, getting your hair brushed by him, with the lyrics "You can be my full time daddy" playing over the top, is beyond fucking gross and creepy, it's utterly repulsive. Glamorizing victimhood and vaguely incestuous, child-molestation imagery? Nice one, Lana.

Then, once this non-song (seriously, it's basically just four and a half minutes of a girl crying "pity me") is over, it's straight back into the spoken-word nonsense, only this time, it's even more cliche-ridden: "Live fast, die young, be wild and have fun." What crazy new concepts! What a visionary this woman is! Del Rey leaves us with the zinger: "I am fucking crazy, but I am free." Both of those things are lies. Obviously.

Words simply cannot do justice to how sick we are of watching this woman repeatedly trying to glamorize being a doormat. Watching Del Rey drape herself all over men and inanimate objects, permanent vacant stare on her face, permanent bent-over submission, is the visual equivalent of getting a clammy, limp handshake from someone you don't want to touch in the first place -- it's super frustrating and shudder-inducingly gross. Lana Del Rey's little-girl-lost routine is beyond tired at this point. We can't wait til everyone gets as bored by it as we are.

-- @Raemondjjjj
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makechangehappen
makechangehappen

I was very shocked when I first saw the Ride video. I believe you are correct about her playing the victim and reinforcing the stereotype that women are weak. I don't see the sex appeal of the video. I love her music and always saw her as an independent women. My mind has been changed. I really appreciate you posting out about it. I believe females have power and we don't need rich 'Daddies,' drugs, or inconsistency to have it.

makechangehappen
makechangehappen

I was very shocked when I first saw the Ride video. I believe you are correct about her playing the victim and reinforcing the stereotype that women are weak. I don't see the sex appeal of the video. I love her music and always saw her as an independent women. My mind has been changed. I really appreciate you posting out about it. I believe females have power and we don't need rich 'Daddies,' drugs, or inconsistency to have it.

makechangehappen
makechangehappen

I was very shocked when I first saw the Ride video. I believe you are correct about her playing the victim and reinforcing the stereotype that women are weak. I don't see the sex appeal of the video. I love her music and always saw her as an independent women. My mind has been changed. I really appreciate you posting out about it. I believe females have power and we don't need rich 'Daddies,' drugs, or inconsistency to have it.

Pandalove
Pandalove

What a terrible, overly opinionated article. Sounds like someone is a little jealous of Lana.

McGoo
McGoo

I love Lana Del Rey but I have to say I am not without some common sense and your article had me almost peeing my pants with how spot on your observational humour is. Personally I like how she owns being a but nuts and a little bit slutty ( aka empowered)  - it takes all types in this word and she certainly is entertaining both visually and lyrically :) PS I never comment on anything but this was too good to ignore ! Where else can I find your writings ?

denhwyvar
denhwyvar like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is there a way to dislike the whole article? I hope I never come across this woman on the internet again, ever.

Damienta
Damienta

Lana Del Rey is an exceptionally beautiful woman. Her videos are interesting to watch and there might or might not be a legitimate message behind her mediocre vocals. They are, however, plagued with cliches and do very little to advance women. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, it is outrageous how many of the dissenting comments on this thread are personal attacks on the writer with the adjective "feminist" being used as a synonym of "cunt." 

geistfright
geistfright

"...how sick we are of watching this woman."

If you're sick of her, say "I" not "we". I'm not sick of her. 

Should have released 'Body Electric'.

'Ride' is my least fave song on the 'Paradise' EP. 

VoteForPedro
VoteForPedro like.author.displayName 1 Like

After reading your review, all I have to say is I feel sorry for you. You seem semi-educated, but sadly you look at the world through man-hate glasses. Relax.

antonia
antonia

The most disturbing Del Rey song is Cola (Pussy) .The sick part of the song is

 :"I pledge allegiance to my dad

For teaching me everything he  knows "

I mean was she abused or something?? Is so strange how she indulges this type of recreation with her lyrics. Kind of makes me ewwww inside. I bought her album and I think her ""studio voice"is really good (I saw her live and let me tell those are 45 minutes of my life I want back!) I don't like her life since I actually got to a concert of hers in London  and was terrible. But I used to like her songs a lot even with the terrible live experience. But since I really played attention to the lyrics I was really turned off. Is like it has to be something really wrong for one to write such submissive and almost pedophile like lyrics.

kaitjo12
kaitjo12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Oh, fuck your feminist bullshit. 

Sandy
Sandy

I don't watch her videos much. The first time I heard Lana Del Rey was when I heard 'Video Games' in a restaurant, I didn't know what she looked like, but it hooked my interest. Some people seem to think that she is all style and no substance. Actually I think that much of the time she is making a comment - about the dark underside of the American dream. That IS a valid statement and I think it's also timely. I'm not a fan of all of her work, I don't know if she'll be able to sustain the initial success, but I think that sometimes Americans take things too literally and seriously. They miss the irony, same thing happens with Madonna. There are times when she is sending herself or something else up and people just don't get it.

Antonia
Antonia like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Sandy

 North Americans are not usually don't really understand dark humor at least from my experience ( I am brazilian) which sometimes makes it hard for them to understand certain things like you said. But what gets me with Lana Del Rey is that she is a little too much in suicide and little girls with old men.

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

lana del fakie is the biggest cliché that ever was, so glad she is retiring at the ripe age of 26 no more will we have to suffer her baby singing voice and lyrics focused solely around her daddy issues, the cliché is fading out

frankieh78
frankieh78 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

First of all, Rae, I saw your twitter photograph, and by the looks of it, i guess I can understand why you would be so mean to such a pretty girl. Second, I've read some of your "articles", and you should be the LAST person criticizing someone elses work of art. So maybe Lana isn't the most profound, original, or intelligent artist, but at least she's selling MILLIONS of records around the world. Your hatred is palpable, and pretty sad. No matter what Rae, at the end of the day, Lana Del Rey will always be more beautiful, successful, and kinder than you, so hate away, girlfriend! Keep stuffing your face with those cupcakes!!

meea
meea

 @frankieh78 Lets see your photo frankieh78n if you want to get like that, obviously a girl with plastic surgery is more appealing to you than a natural person this automatically makes you shallow, which is most likely why you relate to the plastic one so much at the end of the day del rey is not as great as you all make her out to be this has clearly been reflected in the reviews about her and her tiny album sales i say tiny because when you consider that swift sold 1.4 million in a week it does put del reys 1.6 million in almost a year in perspective yeah you can barf on about how it's 3 million but it's not at the end of the day if the fake cliché girl does it for you it says more about you than anything else 

frankieh78
frankieh78 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @meea Meea, sweetie, ssssshhhhhh, CALM DOWN! Take a deep breath. In with anger, out with love! Stop harboring so much resentment and negativity over a singer you don't like. Those feelings are toxic. There are way bigger problems in this world to focus on. Let's both be adults, and agree to disagree, ok? Have a wonderful life, I truly wish you the best. xoxo

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @frankieh78 Selling millions I don't think so, Ride hasn't even made the US singles charts the only countries she sells well in are Poland and Greece, that should tell you something!  I personally think she's a man in disguise, she obviously needed the plastic surgery.

samgho
samgho

 @meea  @frankieh78 Ride has not even been released as a single in the US so how can she sell millions of that?! She has sold nearly 3 million copies of Born To Die, so yes she is selling millions. Your stupid hate is not going to make those sales disappear.

kaitjo12
kaitjo12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @meea  @samgho  @frankieh78  some people have nothing better to do than bash people that are more successful than them on the internet. k.

meea
meea

 @frankieh78  @meea  @samgho that's exactly what you and most people on here sound like, dumb isn't it, i think you're dumb

frankieh78
frankieh78

 @meea  @samgho Meea, " fuck off you waste of space Lana Del Rey is a fake, she can't sing, her lyrics are fucking candy pop and the music is non existent. go listen to blue jeans instrumental it's fucking shit lana doesn't know what music is, she's a fucking puppet with a fat lip and a bad nose job. People like you shouldn't be born you just can't handle it when someone has a different opinion to you fuck you and fuck your opinion that Del fuck face is art talented whatever she's fucking over before she even got started if she gets remembered for anything it will be for that." Those were YOUR words, and I have a "hate problem" and sound like a "twat"????? Say whatever you'd like, but like I said to Rae, at the end of the day, Lana Del Rey will be far more famous and successful than you, so just get over it! And for someone who hates her so much, you sure know a lot of facts about her. Obsessed much? Stop drinking so much haterade, and CALM DOWN you silly, sad clown!!

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @samgho Yeah I think your information is a little out of date there third best selling album what in Iceland, google it it aint del fake

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @samgho  @meea Born to Die: Paradise Edition will be released in the UK on November 12 and a day later in the US. New single 'Ride' is available to download in the US now and will be released in the UK on November 11. Del Rey is estimated to have sold over 2.3 million copies of her debut album since it was released back in January. fuck off you waste of space Lana Del Rey is a fake, she can't sing, her lyrics are fucking candy pop and the music is non existent. go listen to blue jeans instrumental it's fucking shit lana doesn't know what music is, she's a fucking puppet with a fat lip and a bad nose job. People like you shouldn't be born you just can't handle it when someone has a different opinion to you fuck you and fuck your opinion that Del fuck face is art talented whatever she's fucking over before she even got started if she gets remembered for anything it will be for that.

samgho
samgho like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @meea  Once again, your limited intelligence is showing. The person with the third highest-selling album this year is being dropped, do you realize how incredibly stupid that is? And learn grammar while you are at it (worthwhile not worth while). 

samgho
samgho like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @meea  No, it has not. It is available as a download on the album page which is not a single release. Know what you are talking about before spouting nonsense.

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @samgho  @frankieh78 You seem to have the hate problem I read what you said about the writer of this review (below) you just sound like a twat, the stupid bimbo is 'retiring' (being dropped) anyway so save your venom for something worth while.

meea
meea like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @samgho  @frankieh78 actually it's been available for a while in the US for download it didn't even make the top 100

Chris Bahn
Chris Bahn

Lana's music is fantastic, I don't care who wrote it. The author sounds like your typical petulant hipster. ZZZZ...

Sandy
Sandy like.author.displayName 1 Like

Lana del rey is the biggest load of bullshit you will ever encounter in your life, hey daddy I'm going to cash in on the poor fucked up people scene, it hasn't been done for a while and what could be more controversial that a rich bitch pretending to be all fucked up and poor...yawnnnn Fuck off

frankieh78
frankieh78

 @Sandy Sandy,  she's telling a story, you moron, she's not cashing in on "the poor fucked up people scene". I'd like to see what you've done with your sorry life, sitting at your computer writing scathing things about people you don't know.

Marsu
Marsu like.author.displayName 1 Like

I have no idea whoever the fuck wrote this, but what Lana Del Rey does is art. If you do not understand her because you are not intelligent enough then shut up! 

Sandy
Sandy like.author.displayName 1 Like

 I could say my shit is art but you might not agree with that

caiosun4
caiosun4 like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's getting boring, Alexandra. She is a singer, she has her own artistic vision which includes her Lolita -daddy issues/submissive persona, it is in ALL her work, period. Rick Rubin did an amazing job in this track,  we have to give credit when it is necessary, in this case she did an amazing job

mollyking110
mollyking110

oh and she looks like octomom. fake bitch!

mollyking110
mollyking110

hes right. she sucks. and a terrible role model for girls. hooking up with old men, and being turned on by old men salivating over you is not glamorous, 

henriettahenry
henriettahenry like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Rae, it is possible to tear something apart without making a mess, which is exactly what you've done here. Reading this is like walking into the aftermath of a child's tantrum, not the crucifixion that I believe you intended. It's more irritating than revealing, and the irony is embarrassing.

Ariaol
Ariaol like.author.displayName 1 Like

Lana del Rey is beautiful, talented, and an inspiration to others. If you don't like her or her music, then don't listen to it. Don't go around writing trash about her. I understand that this is your opinion, but it is disrespectful to her and her fans.

mkucway87
mkucway87 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

This blog needs to hire someone else for this position. This person cannot write very well at all. No style, no creativity, and not even well written. Did the author just copy and paste from other articles about her? Wow! This is horrible. Please hire real authors with real valid opinions that actually have some substance to back it up. Very disappointing read.

pepsicola
pepsicola like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

You are such a bitch. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. This is one of the messiest and most erroneous articles I've ever read. Sorry if you don't like her. But do please go back to writing stories about Belgian waffles or whatever the hell it is that you do.

samgho
samgho like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Wow, wow, wow!!! Rae Alexandra seems determined to maintain her status as the most hateful, spiteful piece of trash that has been allowed to write for any magazine. Granted the magazine/paper is the free rag, SF Weekly, whose best use is to wipe your a** on a camping trip, but even then to allow this kind of crap to be posted is really quite unbelievable. Given Rae Alexandra's hater campaign against Lana has continued for over a year, I can make a few assumptions about Ms. Alexandra and the source of her hate. 

 

Lana Del Rey: Beautiful, talented singer/songwriter, selling millions of albums, hundreds of millions of YouTube views, earning millions of dollars, being the star of advertising campaigns that are plastering her face all over the world.

 

Rae Alexandra: Underpaid, fat, ugly blogger/poster writing for a crappy free rag. Someone who likely did not get a prom date, and has always been stewing in her own bile about people like Lana, who besides being beautiful and talented, are also successful and wealthy. How can life be so unfair!! While there is no chance that Rae Alexandra can do anything to stop Lana from reaching even greater heights of success, she can at least try to make herself feel better by writing the nastiest, meanest article she can dream up. Good job Rae!

wolfofmanyfaces
wolfofmanyfaces like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Hey give the writer a break. She also wrote "Top 5 Unusual Cupcake Flavors in San Francisco". Clearly music is a bit of a stretch for her. 

Phil
Phil

It's a potent attack on Americanism.  I like it.

LucyK
LucyK like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Wow, don't you have some class! This is possibly one of the worst articles I have ever stumbled across!  Absolute trash! You're just using your access as a "writer" to viciously attack someone as there are nothing but insults and derogatory remarks  throughout this piece.

If you don't like Lana Del Rey, cool!  But wow, verbally abusing her and her creative work? I can't believe you call yourself a writer. 

 

dsblaty
dsblaty like.author.displayName 1 Like

The author of this article is a stupid bitch. Chill out. Lana is just a musician expressing herself. If you don't like it, don't fucking listen to it. It's that easy. Jesus christ...

SeizeTheDay
SeizeTheDay like.author.displayName 1 Like

First of all, why all the Lana hate? Granted she is not everyone's cup of tea, but isn't that what makes music cool? Second, I didn't get victimhood from this video at all.  What I got from it was that she recognizes how f***ed up she is and has taken control of it enough to make it work for her.  That's not victimhood.  I'd like to see your article ripping Kim Kardashian to shreds....as she and her famiy have built their empire on Kim's (sextape) victimhood.

makidss
makidss

First of all, I'm Native American, and wasn't in the LEAST bit offended for the war bonnet bit. It seems everyone who isn't Native American just gets offended for us, when it really isn't that big a deal, everyone in my family has said the same thing "Really? All of these European-Americans are getting offended over something they have no right to get offended by?" Stop being such sensitive little whine-asses and get over it.

alaxndernevermind
alaxndernevermind like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @makidss you must be Generokee

makidss
makidss

@alaxndernevermind @makidss Actually, I'm well over 50% Native American, two different tribes actually. I just don't let stupid, trivial things get to me like some people who let small things get their panties in a bunch. I try to enjoy life as much as possible, and if I don't need to be offended, I'm not.

makidss
makidss

@meea @alaxndernevermind I am completely informed why people see it as offensive and if you're Native American, you can be offended. What I find offensive is people who aren't Native American at all getting offended over this. And also, even if you are Native American and you're getting offended over this, honestly, don't you have better things to do than to be offended over something that I believe to e quite trivial. If it offended you so much that you have to make your anger known over the Internet, then you clearly either A.) have nothing better to do with your life or B.) have some unresolved issues within yourself.

meea
meea

 @makidss  @alaxndernevermind funny as fuck if you are 'actually well over 50% native american  form two tribes actually' you would know that she is wearing a fucking war headdress and you would therefore know why that would be considered offensive among real native americans

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