Lana Del Rey Fandom Is Exactly the Same as Pro Wrestling Fandom

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Most of the world has given up on Lana Del Rey. Her tomb was built when Born to Die's gothic white-girl rap was a little too weird, and a little too macabre for critics looking for her to cash-in on the assigned narratives. Instead they got an unabashedly cinematic menagerie of sugar daddies, cars, sunsets, and indulgent moroseness. Most critics wouldn't be caught dead recommending something that so gleefully takes the piss, and it's pretty much a guarantee that her next album, Ultraviolence, replete with track names like "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" and short films that cast her as "Eve" opposite an albino model's "Adam," will serve up some of the smarmiest hounding this side of the Killers greatest hits album.

But here's the thing. Pretty much every cultural authority that has spoken on Lana Del Rey has missed the point. Lana has never really been able to exist independently in what she thinks makes for good entertainment. She will continue to work for her significant fanbase, and she will continue to be entirely misrepresented by mainstream media. Lana Del Rey has become the popstar equivalent of professional wrestling.

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There are a lot of aesthetic correspondences. Much of the WWE roster seem like they could be cast as love interests in Del Rey music videos, and I'm sure Lana romanticizes the golden days of pro wrestling just like she does with every piece of bygone Americana. But they share a core philosophy too. In wrestling there are "mark" fans, and there are "smark" fans. Marks are the dying breed of people who believe everything in wrestling to be the cold, hard truth. Right now they're reeling from that horrifying Shield breakup and cursing Triple H's name.

In this day and age, this demographic is mostly reserved for 11 year olds. The much more common smarks are people who enjoy wrestling for its unique combination of athleticism, storytelling, and mic-work. There are few things more enjoyable then watching a perfectly executed match, or seeing the company push an under appreciated talent into title-contention. Smark fans aren't cursing Triple H's name, they're instead interrogating his selflessness in putting over younger guys like The Shield and Daniel Bryan so thoroughly.

Similarly, there are mark Lana fans and smark Lana fans.


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jeffbuckley100
jeffbuckley100

I'm laughing at everyone getting so hysterically defensive in the comments. All the writer is saying is some people believe the persona Lana Del Rey has created is authentic and some people understand it's a fabrication but suspend their belief and listen to her as  a storyteller. Is he wrong? No. So calm down. Stop worshiping pop stars to the point where you're irrational. It's weird.

Lycan
Lycan

What a sad person you are...I took a look at several articles you "contributed" to this site. After all, I couldn't judge Mr. Winkie by this article alone. With that said, it's your opinion not "most of the world". Your article made me laugh. It's evident you're just a shady, sweaty, fat fuck, Chris Farley look alike upset at the fact that a woman like Liz would never even look once at you. Stay pressed. BYE!

Yayo
Yayo

Dude.. You are not funny and frighteningly misinformed. Her previous album "Born to Die" sold close to 5 million copies worldwide, and her music is still selling as we speak (the world is in fact more intrigued). Her after sale tickets are valued over 200 USD! Yet she doesn't play on the radio.. This makes her a certified silent-killer-pop-star. It's actually quite rare. 

She does have a gimmick, but so does every musical act. They wouldn't sell without one. She created the world of Lana Del Rey. It's cold, depressing, simple, sad, sexy, fun, etc. But it's her world- where she doesn't need to use fancy lyrics to sound smart. Her fans cannot get enough of it.


Bottom line. You never mentioned her voice. Yet she's a singer. You know why? You got nothing relevant on her. The girl is talented and you know it.

mrdarc
mrdarc

Actually, the biggest music journos (not this idiot) are frothing over this new record, as are millions of fans of all ages and persuasion. It's a nice idea for an article, but its not really by someone who seriously follows the pulse, that's for sure, this is two years behind it.

smokescreen
smokescreen

Lana has created an image which will last forever. Her songs are haunting, hypnotic and timeless. Everything we see and everything we seem, is just a dream ... a dream within a dream.

hkq999
hkq999

"Most of the world has given up on Lana Del Rey. Her tomb was built when Born to Die'sgothic white-girl rap was a little too weird, and a little too macabre for critics looking for her to cash-in on the assigned narratives".  ummm...what? When the first sentence of the article is so out of touch you know the rest will just be nonsense.

366harley
366harley

God why do we have so many low lives writing articles these days? And the worst part of all, the GENERAL PUBLIC disagrees with everything Luke Winkie has said.

lastj2106
lastj2106

DONT SAY A FUCKING BAD WORD ABOUT LANA DEL REY! SHE IS A GODDESS AND WE SHOULD ALL BOW DOWN TO HER! FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT WEBSITE! 

Saffa
Saffa

I enjoyed reading this. It's something I have been thinking about her for a long time, and felt a kind of low level unease about, but couldn't put into words. I understand now that the unease was the tension between mark and smark :) As someone who enjoys literature and writing (and teaches it) I find the character she has created alluring/repulsive/morbidly fascinating, but above all, sophisticated and well-crafted. She IS bygone Americana with a little bit of American-dream underbelly, and it's awesome.

bloodredjamsoul
bloodredjamsoul

"Are we really that gullible? Are we really so dedicated to make sure a woman sticks by her obviously make-believe word?" 

I don't understand the WE from these sentences. WE who? We, her fans (which you insulted) or the general public whose spokesman you became? Dude, Lana Del Rey is the biggest seller artist that is not played on the radio and you can't see her videos on TV. It's not the case that she's shoved in your face. To listen to her music you have to actively search for it, to click on her Youtube videos, to buy tickets at her shows, to buy her albums. If you don't like her ignore her is simple like that. Why you had to write this article about her if you don't like her artistry? Just to have more clicks because Lana Del Rey sells? You are more pathetic than your ridiculous Lana Del Rey projection (obsession)

ryaninmass101
ryaninmass101

Oh my gawd!  What a piece of toilet paper the Village Voice has become!  Will the paper is probably to thick for human use, you can still use it to line your bir cage or cat litter box.


Clearly Winkie must know a thing or two about hatred.  He is an easy critic to hate.

bloodredjamsoul
bloodredjamsoul

I have to admit that since she's more praised than criticized for her music somehow I miss the ridiculous think-pieces written about her. Most of the time this things are written by negatively biased people that usually don't know shit about her music or personal life. This dude made an unusual comparison which fails on all levels but what bothers me it's that he doesn't know obvious things about the artist he's bragging about.


"Most of the world has given up on Lana Del Rey. Her tomb was built when Born to Die" - 

the world has bought 7 mil. of her albums more than Beyonce last two albums combined. She had a sold out tour in the US this year, she headlined Coachella, last year she had a sold out European tour, she received two Grammy nominations etc.


"Ultraviolence, replete with track names like "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" and short films that cast her as "Eve" opposite an albino model's "Adam," - You are confusing Ultraviolence with Tropico (where she plays the role of Eve) which is a short film made last year as an opus to the Born To Die era.


Finally you are just unreasonable towards her. You cannot expect from an artist to sing just autobiographical songs (she has some), she uses stories to reflect mostly on romantic relationships and their complications and that is a viable part of what we are identifying as art. Ultraviolence has 4 songs out and you didn't bothered to reflect on them or you did but your ramblings don't mach at all with the spirit of Ultraviolence. Dan Auerbach told about Ultraviolence that is a "sonic monster" so that is what you can expect next week

bigmountain30
bigmountain30

"Most of the world has given up on Lana Del Rey".  That's why "Born to Die" outsold Beyonce

marblemonster58
marblemonster58

With a name like winkie, I would just off myself.

Hating life today buddy ? It must suck to be you !!!!

kaleidoscope314
kaleidoscope314

She should have put a line in the brilliant Brooklyn Baby, "I've got my Grande Latte and my Village Voice, I mean really is there any other choice?" 

Do yourself a favor. Don't write anymore articles about Lana Del Rey! Her fan base is strong and growing and doesn't need "in depth observations" from anyone. You are writing about it, she's doing it. Get a hobby.

Josh1989
Josh1989

Do you take your thesaurus to bed with you, too? Irrelevant twat.

joshdestardi
joshdestardi

@nebeltex I wish I had never her of her.  Or her voice.  Boring. Dead. 

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