As a gay man, I live for the simple pleasures in life: iced coffee, tweeting about A Star Is Born, and buying floral shirts at Zara.
But nothing, NOTHING, excites me more than two pop stars beefing online. We LOVE some social media drama!
But I was NOT ready for today's feud, when singer Lana Del Rey replied to rapper Azealia Banks after nearly two weeks of radio silence. And boy, did she reply HARD.
So pull up a chair, because I'm going to break this down for you. In the words of Azealia herself, "WHAT IS THE TEA?! The girls are FIGHTING!!!"
It all started when Lana went IN on rapper Kanye West after he shared a selfie on Instagram wearing a MAGA hat. Lana did NOT hold back at all.
Azealia did not like what she had to see, and decided to call out Lana on what she saw as hypocrisy on the singer's part.
She goes further in depth, but you should get the idea of what she saw wrong here.
For context, Lana doesn't really tweet that much, and she also doesn't always engage with artists who take a swing at her. So imagine my surprise when almost two weeks later, not only did she reply to Azealia — she told her to "PULL UP ANYTIME." Whew!
Lana then had some pretty choice words for the rapper...
...before seemingly dropping the mic. HARD.
Initially, it didn't look like Azealia was going to engage.
But that didn't last long.
First, Azealia plugged her soap line, Bussyboy (more on that in a bit)...
...before making some pretty gross comments about plastic surgery and Lana's physical appearance. Lana swung pretty low too, taking some shots at the rapper's mental health.
While Lana stopped replying, Azealia has been retweeting commentary on the beef AND plugging her soap line one more time:
And just when you thought everything was over (seriously, stuff is happening as I write this damn thing, I can't type fast enough) Lana had more to say:
Now as a gay man deeply ingrained in Stan Twitter, my head was spinning trying to make sense of that all. I can't IMAGINE how that might be for anyone who isn't as obsessed with stan culture. So to help, I've added some additional context to this feud and why it matters.
What's the deal with Lana Del Rey?
What's the deal with Azealia Banks?
What is the reaction?
For the most part, the reaction from Stan Twitter seems to be VERY amused by the beef and pretty pro-Lana. People love the fact she called out Azealia (albeit a little late) when most artists won't engage with the rapper. Her challenge for Azealia to "pull up" drew a lot of praise, as did her "Period." comment. That being said, no one was here for Azealia's body-shaming or Lana criticizing the rapper's mental health.
The thing is, it isn't exactly an even match. While Azealia has passionate defenders, her polarizing nature has put off a lot of stans over the years. She also has a reputation as a bully who ALSO can't take criticism on her own (she ran off the Wild N Out stage earlier this year). Lana, on the other hand, can draw from a wide and devoted fan base.
People LOVED Lana's initial call-out.
Like, she WENT for it.
But mostly, people were amused with the fight.
Especially considering the parties involved.
But no one was here for the low blows.
So where does that leave us?
Thank you for coming to Stan Twitter 101. Class dismissed!
This post has been updated to include additional tweets from Lana and Azealia.
An earlier version of this post included a duplicate tweet.