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Lana Del Rey Does Justice With Jackie O Impression in ‘National Anthem’ Video

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Lana Del Rey‘s much-hyped portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in her new ‘National Anthem’ video deserves all the attention it’s getting. The clip, which also features Del Rey’s collaborator on the tune, A$AP Rocky, playing John F. Kennedy, hit the web yesterday and already has snagged more than a million views.

Don’t expect the most realistic of portrayals of the Camelot dynasty — LDR dresses like Jackie O but doesn’t really look much like her, while rapper Rocky certainly is charismatic but also happens to be black — but if you are able to cast aside such superficial points, the ‘Anthem’ video is pure fun.

If nothing else, all the vintage-looking, faded home videos of the two lounging around the Kennedy compound, picnicking with the family and walking on the beach sure are compelling to look at. Compelling and pure fun, that is, except for the assassination scene at the end of the limo ride through the streets of Dallas. At least that one is not a surprise.

All told, the clip toes the line between Del Rey’s gangsta image and our nation’s memories of Jackie O’s gracefulness, playing with both in a way which morphs them into one ongoing narrative. Perhaps Lana Del Rey sees herself following in the footsteps of Jackie O, both beloved and demurred at the same time by a generation of onlookers who can’t look away no matter how much they say they don’t care. Perhaps Jackie O should just be glad she wasn’t alive during the era of blogs.

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