President Trump has been in office for six months now, and celebrities are still having a tough time processing his election and what it means for their craft. Pop singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey is struggling to deal with “her love of Americana” because of Trump’s presidency.
In a new interview with Pitchfork, Del Rey said that she feels less safe than when Barack Obama was president and that she only now cares about feminism because of Trump.
“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 said. “Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly. What if they take away Planned Parenthood? What if we can’t get birth control?”
She continued, “I feel less safe than I did when Obama was president. When you have a leader at the top of the pyramid who is casually being loud and funny about things like that, it’s brought up character defects in people who already have the propensity to be violent towards women.”
Del Rey noted that she saw an immediate change in people’s behavior where she lives in Los Angeles. “Walking down the street, people would just say things to you that I had never heard.”
When asked how she felt about “romanticizing” America when Trump is the nation’s biggest celebrity, Del Rey replied, “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.”
Del Rey isn’t the only pop singer to have a public struggle with Trump’s presidency. Katy Perry chopped her hair off and did a livestream event in which she said she didn’t want to be Katy Perry anymore.
Del Rey’s new album “Lust for Life” drops on July 21st.