Singer Lana Del Rey will no longer incorporate the iconography of the red, white, and blue into her performances. The reason: because Donald Trump is president.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Del Rey explained that it is “uncomfortable” to be romantic about America when Trump is in the White House:
“It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing “Born to Die.” It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now—it didn’t feel weird in 2013.”
Del Rey further stated that she and her co-workers were concerned about what was happening in both the United States and the world as the 2016 election was occurring. “I was posing a real question to myself: Could this be the end of an era? The fall of Rome?” she said.
She also stated things were better under President Obama’s administration because, according to her, “…at least everyone I knew felt safe. It was a good time. We were on the up-and-up.”