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Call it Harry Potter and the Cold-Blooded Critics.

After hosting last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Daniel Radcliffe is publicly coming to the defense of the episode’s musical guest Lana Del Rey, whose performance has inspired the first Great Music Debate of 2012.

“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly,” Radcliffe said to the British press of Del Rey, who sang “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” on that fateful night.

“I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” the actor 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.”

Added Radcliffe, “I don’t think it warranted anywhere near that reaction.”

And some of the initial reactors are starting to agree. One noted Del Rey critic, Juliette Lewis, later came to the conclusion that, you know what, she doesn’t dislike Lana as much as she thought she did, tweeting:

I woke up singing a @LanaDelRey song! Such great haunting melodies! Regardless of my own taste LIVE she’s a #FreshandYummy songwriter.Period

If this sort of turnaround becomes more common among the singer’s early detractors, things might bode well for Lana’s debut album Born to Die, slated to be released January 31.

Readers, what layer of meta-backlash are you currently at? Let us know in the comments below.


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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

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