Lana Del Rey, a.k.a. the alt-princess who looks like a poutier Joseph Fiennes and sounds like she took voice lessons from the lead singer of Crash Test Dummies, has won a hipster battle, but lost the hipster war. Now, for those of you who live happy, rewarding lives away from the computer, lives that I imagine are filled with trips to the post office, last minute badminton games, and dinners at a table, this might get a little tricky. Shit is about to get real — or, well, like anything involving Lana Del Rey, shit is about to get methodically constructed.
Lana Del Rey is no stranger to internet controversy; as we explored in our Del Rey primer, the singer's thoughtfully polished indie appeal and
Muppety "sexy" looks have attracted a wide-array of passionate responses from all corners of the blogosphere. Following the singer's unhappy performance on Saturday Night Live, the virtual hellfire only got hotter. Recently, Thought Catalog, the go-to site for white girls who put photos of other, skinnier underwear-clad white girls on their Tumblr and love Chuck Klosterman books, published a satirical piece on the singer entitled "Lana Del Rey Reponds to Her Critics." As I am sure you have figured, the post was merely told from Del Rey's perspective; the real writer is a young man named Dave Schilling, as by the piece's byline. But Ms. Rey's publicists gave Thought Catalog a good shake down, resulting in the piece being taken down from the site.
Undaunted, Schilling took his post to Hipster Runoff, a website that is a satire in itself. Immediately the site trumpeted the controversy with a post of its own and republished Schilling's original piece. According to Hipster Runoff, Schilling seems surprised that his critique caused such a stir:
"Of all the bad press that she’s gotten in the wake of her ‘performance’ on Saturday Night Live, I think it’s amusing that she (or her publicist, or both) chose to attack my article. It was a clear piece of satire. Is the real Lana Del Rey like the ‘Lana Del Rey’ I wrote about in my article? I don’t know. Probably not. I've never met her before, but I do know the public persona she projects, which I thought was fair game for parody in the United States. Apparently, that is not the case. Her publicist has not contacted HRO, Perez Hilton or any other pop culture blogger to my knowledge, yet I was singled out."
So, in short, hipster singer and internet sensation Lana Del Rey removed a Lana Del Rey post from a hipster website only to be published on another, equally hip website.
O brave new internet world! That has such people in it!