This week has been one prolonged whistle of hot, steamy hatred, as the percolating, preemptive backlash for Lana Del Rey finally boiled over with her Saturday Night Live performance, and everyone poured themselves a hot cup of Constant Comment About How Lana Del Rey Sucks tea. But not everyone has been so quick to join in the awkward tea-drinking metaphor—a small yet fervent chorus of backlash to the backlash that today has been joined by one Whitney Cummings. While one might assume that Cummings was enjoying her brief respite from being the most-reviled woman on NBC, Cummings instead used this opportunity to come to Del Rey’s defense on her blog, offering Del Rey asylum in the vagina of forgiveness.
“I’m not saying support bad music or that she deserved to be there or anything—not my call,” Cummings wrote, but continued that she feels everyone should “cut some slack” not only because Lana Del Rey is a performer and “performing is FUCKING HARD,” but also because Lana Del Rey is a woman, and women are judged according to the sort of sexist standards and well-worn clichés that form the basis of certain entire sitcoms. “If you’re a pretty woman you’re accused of having plastic surgery and if you’re not you’re ‘busted’ and people blog about how they don’t want to fuck you ... it’s not ideal,” Cummings says, the ellipsis signaling a 30-second pause for the laugh track. Cummings then adds, “Something about this girl brings out the petty in us. Her quick rise? Her pretty face? Something is pissing people off about this girl”—still talking about Lana Del Rey and definitely not projecting.
In fact, Cummings sees this as a learning experience, one that serendipitously could be applied to all performers who might have been on the receiving end of ridicule just for being a pretty girl whose sudden stardom is inversely proportional to her actual talents, whoever they might be. “I just think whether someone sucks or someone doesn’t we should be kinder to them,” Cummings says (most likely intending to insert the word “mean” in there and also “shouldn’t,” corrections we offer in the spirit of kindness). “I think we should be encouraging and patient,” she concludes. “Other people’s success doesn’t fuck up our lives and other people’s failures should not brighten them. Let’s forgive her for being human and all be kinder to each other. Let’s all just have more love and less venom all around, eh?” NBC’s promotional department then began figuring out how to fit all of that onto a Whitney poster. [via EW]
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