Lana Del Rey drops a key symbol of her image because of Trump’s presidency

Donald Trump loves America. Hey, he wants to make it great again doesn’t he! And it should come as no surprise to realize that Lana Del Rey does too, if you just take a look through her discography. But sadly, the common factor that brings this unlikely pair together may also be driving them apart.

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Speaking to Pitchfork recently, the singer admitted that she will be dropping the US flag from her visual style while Trump is president. A firm staple across her albums’ artwork and during live performances, there’s set to be a star-and-stripes-shaped hole in Lana Del Rey’s career.

Through the lyrics of songs like National Anthem and American as well as several music videos, Lana Del Rey uses the American flag as a stylistic and patriotic anchor. It was when asked about her romanticism in the wake of Trump’s celebrity status that she admitted a shift:

“It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. 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. “

Taking the flag away from Lana Del Rey is kind of like depriving Rick and Morty of Szechuan sauce. Kind of. An iconographic element of her identity as an artist, her decision to suspend it speaks waves of how politics and pop culture are intertwining yet again. The politic significance behind Szechuan sauce is still TBC though.

No stranger to reinvention, Lana’s latest album Lust for Life does mark a departure in tone from its predecessors. Born to Die gave way to a more ethereal Paradise, which then delved into darkness with Ultraviolence. Honeymoon into the present day sees the artist’s journey to something more balanced, more content.

For now let’s enjoy Lana Del Rey’s newfound comfort within herself on her new single, flag or no flag — and just wait for Trump’s inevitable Twitter contribution about the whole affair.

Originally published on Konbini

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