Alternative sadcore artist Lana Del Rey released the official video for her new single ‘National Anthem’ this week, and it received great popularity with the fans after it was seen trending on Twitter. After her increased popularity from her single ‘Born To Die’, this track is the fifth single to be released from the album. The video sees the artist singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ as Marylin Monroe famously sang to President Kennedy in 1962, and then follows the story of Del Rey’s life as the wife of a black president, who is seen to be Kennedy. We see Del Rey surrounded by her children and her husband throughout the music video, and towards the end, the assassination scene of President Kennedy is re-enacted with a small monologue soon after.
In terms of the President being seen as a black man, I think this symbolizes how colour is irrelevant and perhaps if History had been different, we would have had a black President a lot earlier. I also think she’s modernizing history, if that makes sense! For example, when she sings the Marylin Monroe song at the beginning, I think what she’s trying to say is that she wants to be the modern Marylin Monroe and she represents the style and elegance that Monroe portrayed. Also, there’s a part of the music video where Lana is dancing with a group of men which resembles modern society.