Poor Lana Del Rey. Exactly one week ago today, this girl made her American television debut on Saturday Night Live, and even though she tried her best, everyone won’t stop talking about how bad her performance was. And I get it, it was a weird thing to see, but come on now, she new to this whole fame thing! She doesn’t even have an album out yet! She’s a baby! There’s no reason to be mean!
But that is exactly what everyone is doing: being mean. One of the most amusing cases of this happened in an email NBC’s Brian Williams sent to Nick Denton, the founder and managing editor of Gawker. The two dudes are friends, and in a private email that ended up on the site, Brian Williams decided to give some constructive criticism, which included this tidbit:
Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show’s history, for starters.
NBC tried to have the post “taken down immediately,” but no such luck.
Mr. Williams comment was just one of many, many negative remarks about Lana’s performance. She got so much criticism and outright hate that precious little Daniel Radcliffe, the host of last week’s episode, even stepped up to defend her:
“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly. I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” he continued. “If you read what people are saying about her online, it’s all about her past and her family, and stuff that’s nobody else’s business.”
“People gave her a lot of crap. I saw it online. BriWi,” he said when asked about Del Rey, referring to “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams’ assessment of the performance as “one of the worst outings in ‘SNL’ history.”
“But ‘Video Games’ is a great song,” Samberg added.
Also there to offer support was Samberg’s “Celeste and Jesse” co-star Rashida Jones, who doesn’t envy anybody who has to grace the pressure-filled “SNL” stage. “It’s a tough venue,” she said. “You’re not actually performing in front of an audience; you’re performing in front of cameras. But I didn’t see it, so I don’t know.”
“Yeah, I didn’t see it either, so I can’t really speak to it,” Samberg quickly added, followed by a long pause and an uncomfortable look.
Aww, thanks for trying, guys.
Probably the most important person to speak for Lana, however, is Lana herself. She hasn’t made any comments, as far as I can tell, since last weekend, but she give a pretty important little statement just a few days before that fateful Saturday night:
“You can’t expect too much from my show,” Del Rey said, explaining that her real fans are probably aware that she’s more of a songwriter and studio musician than performer and that she thinks people who come to see her show are really just there to hear the songs they already like.
“Sometimes I feel less nervous than other times,” she added. “I don’t love live television. The only tip I have is just pray and just hope that things work out.”
I was into Lana’s music, the little I’ve heard of it, before this whole debacle, and I still enjoy it, but I have to say that her performance was just weird. She looked so nervous, and it didn’t seem like she was in any way ready for that huge step in her career. I’m not going to say that she was awful or that she is awful, but she just wasn’t ready. But reading that little quote from Lana, where she admits that she can’t really sing live? That doesn’t sound too great. Isn’t being able to sing kind of important to being a singer?