So the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal that is engulfing Hollywood at the moment also seems to have taken its toll on the music industry as Lana Del Rey says she has dropped her 'Cola' song from her setlist because of a reference to the shamed producer.
The scandal involves alleged sexual abuse and rape of actors and aspiring stars and is, understandably, horrifying the world and as such Del Rey has dropped one of her songs that references Weinstein as it no longer conjures up the imagery she intended.Cola’ featured on Del Rey’s 2012 ‘Paradise’ EP. It was recently claimed that the song’s lyrics “Ah, he’s in the sky with diamonds” were originally penned as “Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds“.
The singer has now responded to the speculation in an interview with MTV News, confirming: “When I wrote that song, I suppose I had like a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston-type of character in mind.”
“I envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something,” Del Rey added. “I’m not really sure. I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now. I support the women who have come forward. I think they’re really brave for doing that.”
“Obviously I don’t feel comfortable with it now,” she said of the song. “I thought of that right away.” Asked whether she was “retiring” the track, Del Rey replied: “Definitely. That would be the only right thing to do”.
Obviously, this is hardly the worst thing about the scandal but it is another sore point that fans of Lana's will not be happy about. Still, it's good to see the star doing the right thing and you can watch her interview with MTV by clicking here. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.