• Wed, Jun 27 2012

Video: Lana Del Rey’s ‘National Anthem’ Video Takes A Dump On JFK And Jackie’s Graves

Controversial adult contemporary star Lana Del Rey is back with a new music video for her song “National Anthem,” and it’s got all the bloody melodrama we’ve come to expect from her, with a side of historical inaccuracy!

In the newly released, much-teasered clip (do music videos really need trailers?), the performance-averse singer enlists rapper A$AP Rocky to play a young, black, baby-faced version of John F. Kennedy opposite her collagen-and-scary-nails enhanced Jackie. Viewed in Instagram-vision, the pair frolic on the White House lawn and do sex things in front of their kids while materialistic lyrics serve to undermine the idealized vision many had (and still have) of Camelot. Whether or not Ms. Del Rey actually intended her ode to money to be ironic is up for debate, but I am dubious. Never underestimate a starlet’s sincere desire to be bought diamonds and taken to the Hamptons!

They do this until JFK Rocky gets assassinated as dead as any black guy who managed to get elected president in the 1960s would have been, filling the prerequisite minimum of one death per video that Lana Del Rey instituted after Ray from Girls told her that death was a way deep subject for Art. And it’s twice as long as a normal music video, because that is also Art.

There are a lot of “themes” and “ideas” here that LDR probably wants folks to write about, not limited to but including: is she Jackie, Marilyn, or both? Can a girl ever “combine” those two imaginary female archetypes into one single, flesh-and-blood human? Does great love always end in death? Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a black president? Is that a bump-it, or just an excellent blow-out? Is “he was like this hybrid, this mix, of a man who couldn’t contain himself,” a grammatically proper sentence?

…And now I think I’ve addressed them all. Oh, and Marilyn Manson did it better.

(Via Idolator)

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  • Philippe Ostiguy

    I guess the line between critical commentary and embarrassing condescension is tougher to spot than I thought…

  • Ashlena

    Racist much?

  • SweetieBrown

    Keep grasping at those non-existant straws!

    The author of this “article” (and I use that term loosely) is wrong on so many levels, but mostly: 1) she’s clearly not familiar with or hasn’t been properly educated on the subject of artistic imagery/symbolism, and 2) is extremely racist.

    It’s time for you to leave. Turn off your Internet connection and leave. Ain’t nobody here for or got time for your ignorant, bigoted opinions!

    • Jenni Maier

      I personally found it to be a great “article”…and I use that term tightly.

  • Aaron

    Goodness. If only someone would shoot the author of this article. What a bunch of brainless American puritanical crap.

  • mm

    wow that was a beautiful video. the best part of this article was when they linked the video . the actual written stuff is pure crap after seeing the video . it IS artistic . whoever wrote this needs to stop drinking the haterade. . .

  • xstex

    This website is full of shite.

    • Jenni Maier

      Thank you. Our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are also full of shite. Let me know if you need those links to follow us in every single way!!!

  • Jake

    I’m surprised at whoever wrote this article was actually able to write it…. Obviously their mentality is stuck in the 1960s. Welcome to 2012… Where there’s a black president and provocative women who aren’t afraid of making social commentary.

  • alexandra

    It’s weird, I feel like LDR is always so close to saying something interesting or meaningful, but then she says something like “money is the anthem, kiss kiss” and I just can’t not laugh…

  • BIEREDELUXE

    Ms Beck – here’s a sound I would imagine you are very familiar with…

    WHOOSH

  • Linda

    She, in some aspects, is this
    slutty-vintage-baby lady, but in the end what she is doing in this video is
    just kind of exaggerating and and poking fun at the naive girlish attraction to
    money and the safety that is immediately assumed of it. There is a lot more to
    her music than you are implying. You seem to have speculated whether she
    “intended her ode to money to be ironic,” which she clearly did.
    Please stop hating because I don’t really see a bad pop star from reading this
    article, I just see a sad writer behind it.

  • Your Name

    What ignorant twat wrote this? If we wanted your biased bullshit id read something from ‘E’. You should be ashamed that you publish such an oblivious piece of ‘reporting’.