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Lana Del Rey defends online post


Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey defended herself Thursday after drawing criticism for a lengthy Instagram post namechecki­ng several female artists of color.

While many perceived the message as a slight against her industry peers, Del Rey argued otherwise in the comment section.

“To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things,” Del Rey wrote. “I ... love these singers and know them. #that is why I mentioned them. I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgment of hysteria. There you go.”

In her original missive Thursday, the artist reacted to skeptics who say her music is “glamorizin­g abuse,” writing, “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, (having sex), cheating, etc — can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationsh­ip is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever i want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizin­g abuse???????”

While many praised Del Rey for speaking her mind, several others wondered why she chose to single out mostly women of color, accusing her of trampling on their success.

The “Summertime Sadness” hit-maker is known for exploring dark themes, such as depression and domestic violence, in her work.

John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’ will have a new home: Some Good News — the popular digital series created and originally hosted by John

Krasinski — has been acquired by ViacomCBS. Future episodes will feature a new, yet-to-beannounce­d host and premiere on CBS All Access. It’s also expected to air on the company’s linear TV channels. Krasinski will serve as an executive producer and will appear on the show in some form.

“Could not be more excited and proud to be partnering with CBS/ Viacom to be able to bring ‘Some Good News’ to so many more people,” Krasinksi said in a statement Thursday. “From the first episode, our goal was to create a news show dedicated entirely to good news. Never did I expect to be joining the ranks of such a historic news organizati­on as CBS.”

The news follows Sunday’s finale of “Some Good News’ ” original run. Krasinski launched his YouTube series as people were adjusting to life staying safe at home in response to the pandemic.

Fall TV preview: ABC is bringing back the lion’s share of its series for next season, including “blackish,” “A Million Little Things” and “The Rookie.” They are among the 19 shows returning in the 2020-21 season, the network said Thursday. New series debuting include “Big Sky,” a thriller from writer-producer David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies,” “Boston Legal”), the comedy “Call Your Mother” and game show revival “Supermarke­t Sweep” with host Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”).

May 23 birthdays: Actress Joan Collins is 87. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 84. Actress Lauren Chapin is 75. Comedian Drew

Carey is 62. Actress Lea DeLaria is 62. Actress Melissa McBride is 55. Drummer Phil Selway is 53. Singer Jewel is 46. Comedian Tim Robinson is 39. Actor Adam Wylie is 36. Director Ryan Coogler is 34.

 ?? MARK RALSTON/GETTY-AFP ?? Lana Del Rey was criticized for an Instagram post namechecki­ng several female artists of color.
MARK RALSTON/GETTY-AFP Lana Del Rey was criticized for an Instagram post namechecki­ng several female artists of color.

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