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February 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The media has made such a stink about Lana Del Rey. Critics say she lacks talent and doesn’t deserve the attention she’s receiving. I think their reaction is more telling than anything else. Why does the media crucify women it deems to have stepped out of line?

Putting aside the controversy, this music video for “Video Games” is heart-tugging – full of lush imagery of an idealized America circa 1960’s Hollywood. (Admittedly it may hold more appeal to me personally since it’s the the stuff of my father’s childhood.) It’s the American Dream of youth, innocence and endless possibility which is easily forgotten in this era of class warfare and political uncertainty. Is it any surprise her music and videos have struck a chord?