Singer Lana Del Rey slammed over 'dangerous' riot Instagram post

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Lana Del Rey has come under fire from supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, after posting a ‘dangerous’ video to her social media.

The star shared footage of some of the explosive protests and riots which have erupted in the United States in the aftermath of the death of African American man George Floyd at the hands of police.

Singer Lana Del Rey appears on stage, under fire for George Floyd Black lives Matter protest video
Singer Lana Del Rey has come under fire after sharing footage of protesters looting stores in the US. Photo: Getty Images

Some of the footage the star shared showed protesters looting stores, their faces clearly visible to her personal Instagram following of more than 16 million.

The video has since been deleted after it garnered extensive criticism for clearly identifying the protesters on such a mammoth platform, a move many slammed as ‘dangerous’.

Black artists slam video as ‘dangerous’

US artist Kehlani spoke out about the video, calling for the singer to remove it in a furious Tweet.

“@LanaDelRey please remove your Instagram post it’s dangerous as f**k and a very poor choice of moments to post,” she tweeted. “By all means protest, but DO NOT endanger people with your very massive platform.”

US artist Kehlani appears at Billboard Music Awards, slams Lana Del Rey for looting 'dangerous' looting video
Singer Kehlani called out Lana for the post, arguing it endangered the protesters. Photo: Getty Images

Fellow artist Tinashe also called Lana out on Twitter.

“@LanaDelRey why the f*** are you posting people looting stores on your page literally WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM,” she wrote.

Both tweets were removed after the original video was taken down.

“She put Black protesters in danger by filming their faces,” one woman wrote. “Disgusting.”

Many are concerned any social media footage that clearly identifies protesters could later be used against them.

Lana since deleted the original post but has left a video of a young man standing on a burnt police car to the chagrin of many.

“She literally left the one post up that shows someone IN HIGH DEFINITION,” one person raged online.

Others pointed out the context was unknown, and the man may have given his permission, and that any criminal activity was no longer visible.

“She deleted the part that was necessary to delete,” one person wrote. “She reposted the first part of the video with the man holding up the ‘no justice no peace’.”

Others argued the focus on the star was misguided and distracting from the real issue.

“... it’s not just her,” one man wrote. “Instead, focus on the bigger picture. We have way more important things to worry about. It’s about coming together as one and seeing the REAL issue at hand.”

The protests initially broke out after footage of George Floyd being suffocated to death after a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes began circulating online.

The officer in question, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with third-degree murder.

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