Lana Del Rey hits the road in January for her massive LA to the Moon tour, bringing her self-described “beachy” spectacle to arenas across North America with Jhené Aiko and Kali Uchis. But one of the most noteworthy aspects of her upcoming trek involves what she won’t be including: her 2012 Paradise single, “Cola.”
Speaking to MTV News at Camp Flog Gnaw over the weekend, Del Rey discussed the polarizing track — which opens with the infamous lyric, “My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola” — saying it’s at least vaguely inspired by a person like Harvey Weinstein, who’s been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women in recent weeks.
“When I wrote that song, I suppose I had a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston-type of character in mind,” Del Rey said. “I envisioned, like, a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something. 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.”
In the wake of the accusations leveled against Weinstein — as well as Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner and Jeremy Piven, all within the past week — Del Rey said she no longer feels comfortable including “Cola” in her live sets. When asked if she plans to retire the song, she said, “Definitely. That would be the only right thing to do.”
Watch the full interview below.