In recent years, Lana Del Rey has made remarks on the internet that have left fans annoyed, frustrated and puzzled.
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Before debuting her 2021 albums, Chemtrails Over the Country Club and Blue Banisters Del Rey made comments about her perception of womanhood, which included problematic commentary about her peers, specifically women of color. With the release of both of these records, fans have experienced a world of cognitive dissonance, where many strongly disagree with her internet faux pas, but can’t seem to stay away from her music.
Since then, Twitter and social media, in general, have loved to call out the duality of Lana stans. After dropping Blue Banisters the “White Dress” singer has been quiet across social media, but every now and then there is a resurgence of Lana memes that call out the artist’s controversies.
However, this time it’s the U.S. Army that has become mixed up with Del Rey and the internet. Over the weekend, on the Twitter account for the U.S. Army, a quote from Lana was used to praise and highlight a female soldier on “#SoldierSaturday.”
In an attempt to be relatable for the stans, the U.S. Army account tweeted “‘Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don’t fail forever.’ –Lana Del Rey,” alongside an image of a female soldier in camouflage crawling through the mud.
Of course, it probably comes as no surprise that the internet went off with this bizarre pairing. Many quote-tweeted the original tweet making jokes about recruiting the “Born to Die girlies,” to referencing the Army’s “sad girl” era.
Check out some of the funniest reactions below.