"Video Games" singer Lana Del Rey (aka Elizabeth Woolridge Grant) came under fire for showing up to a surprise reading of her newly-released poetry book, Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass, in a sparkly mesh mask. The event was held at the Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Fans have taken it to Twitter to condemn the star for acting irresponsibly in the midst of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Lana Del Rey raised eyebrows by attending her book signing event in a mesh mask.
The star was set to attend a poetry reading, meet-and-greet, and book signing event promoting her first-ever volume of poetry, Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass, which came out the previous week.
However, it wasn't the beautiful book cover, the presence of the celebrated star, or the quality of her work that caught some fans' attention. Several people have taken it to Twitter to raise concerns about Lana's fashion choices.
To compliment her breezy, white summer dress and slick and stylish ballerinas, Lana opted for a silver-sparkly mesh face mask. As her critics have pointed out, the mask doesn't comply with the regulations put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To make matters even worse, the star pulled down her mask at one point during the reading.
"Lana Del Rey wearing a net mask during the Covid-19 pandemic because according to her: We were born to die," tweeted a person.
"Lana del rey makes life so hard for her stans," wrote somebody else.
"Things are heating up in the lana del rey fandom rn," stated another person.
Some came out in defense of the star, claiming that there was a translucent layer underneath the mesh mask.
"Guys, the mask has a translucent layer underneath the mesh. Calm down," claimed another fan.
"lana mask has a plastic layer inside i’m not talking about this again," wrote someone else.
Lana's sister says the star adhered to social distancing throughout the event.
Unfortunately, it's uncertain whether Lana's mask complies with the current recommendations or not. However, as her sister, Caroline H. "Chuck" Grant, revealed, the star adhered to social distancing rules for most of the event. Toward the end, a handful of fans asked her to take photographs.
"She's more than six feet away and she tested negative, so chill," Chuck hit back at a fan, as per Daily Mail.
As Chuck claimed, Lana had a test done beforehand. It came back negative, which makes it all the less likely that she would have put the health and safety of others at risk.
According to NME, Lana told fans during the book signing event that her next LP, "Chemtrails over the Country Club," will be released either on Dec. 10, 2020, or Jan. 7, 2021. Let's hope that the star will continue to adhere to social distancing regulations once the event series promoting the new record kicks off.
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