Okay so I just want to talk about something that bugs me, when people slam Lorde as being a “terrible person” or has “no respect for others”; all of which on the basis of comments she’s made about the work of other artists, these comments being incredibly blown up by celebrity news programs and gossip websites. I just want to sit here and go over a few things, the comments in question aimed at Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lana Del Rey.
Justin Bieber, Lorde’s comment:
“I feel like the influences that are there in the industry for people my age, like Justin Bieber or whatever, are just maybe not a very real depiction of what it’s like to be a young person.”
Okay so how exactly is this even bashing, this is just a flat fact, Justin Bieber in general acts completely foreign from the average teenager so how is his music supposed to be an accurate depiction of what it’s like to be a young person? She just pointed out this fact and didn’t even say anything about him really, even though any statement like “Wow he’s a piece of fucking shit” would have been completely accurate to be honest.
"I’m a feminist, and the theme of her song is, ‘When you’re ready come and get it from me.’ I’m sick of women being portrayed this way."
Okay if you like the song that’s fine no big deal that doesn’t make you an anti-feminist cause at the end of the day it really is just a song and if it sounds nice to you and you like listening to it then you should. But that doesn’t mean the theme of the song isn’t portraying women in a way that says, “When ever you’re horny you can fuck me.” Not a very good message to a feminist, which Lorde advocates for so she’s allowed to feel the way she feels, get the fuck over it, a celebrity has a bad opinion of a song you like that doesn’t mean they’re disrespectful trash.
“That’s not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That’s my honest opinion, that’s what I would say to her if I saw her.”
Sorry Selena but feminism isn’t exactly about ‘supporting other women’, if you say, “Women are obviously inferior to men.” as a woman and then another woman says, “Wow that’s really sexist.” Then yes what they just did was a long the lines of what feminism is, believing that women are more than just sexual objects and are equal to men.
"Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls."
Okay so is the really anything false about this statement? Girls (and boys) growing up look up to celebrities, idolizing them, this can often and usually cause teens to feel they’re appearance is inadequate when in reality these celebrities are air brushed in photos and have personal makeup artists, hair stylists, physical trainers to make them look great on video too, most of which are not available to the average teenager at the drop of a hat, Lorde herself saying she’s felt these feelings of inadequacy and I’m sure even Taylor Swift has felt her fair share of it too because growing up, it’s hard to be confident in yourself let alone your appearance. This statement was just saying that TSwift is one of the countless celebrities helping breed this feeling in young girls which really is just something that can’t be helped (you can’t just paint on a face for Taylor that’s less attractive to make some people feel better) and Lorde knows that she was just making a remark on her observations. Honestly how is saying someone is “Flawless” even bashing them in the first place? Bashing someone is saying, “Wow that makeup makes you look like a skank.” or something of the sort.
"sure! i think i cocked that up a bit and what i said wasn’t put in context also. what i meant was: there’s a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and i wish my favourite stars didn’t look perfect because i think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection. ts was the first person i thought of, which i regret. she happens to be good looking, but i think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way. taylor swift has a very unique vision, which i admire. i think somewhere along the line also there was a misquote where people got the impression i thought writing about love was shameful. i don’t! i just haven’t found a way of doing it which is powerful and innovative, which is why i don’t.
ps. i am very very new to this whole thing. i will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that ts is for hers. i admire her very much for this reason. basically, this is an apology for not thinking too hard before i speak. peace.”
Oh god what a disrespectful piece of shit! She’s such a bitch! Poor TSwift! She ADMIRES Taylor? Oh my god just go back to your country whore. /heavy sarcasm implied. When you’re being interviewed you’re answering question after question and don’t always have time to think through and make your answer more understandable so I love that she wrote this post because it really does show that she is a thoughtful girl with a smart head and her comments really are backed up on her well developed opinions and observations.
Also look at Lorde and Taylor NOW they’re best fucking friends, cause someone who smashed someone else would totally be their best friend later.
Lana Del Rey/Nicki Minaj/Drake:
"Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew, I began thinking, ‘How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.”
Okay so when I heard about her ‘dissing’ Lana and Nicki I started to get worried because I just adore them both just like Lorde. But when I actually read her comment well… it’s accurate once again. Why are we listening to music that we can’t relate to a bit? It’s this thought that gave Lorde the idea for the direction of her music, namely her hit Royals, ‘from the perspective of a real teen compared to celebrity royal life’ it’s actually incredibly brilliant. Lorde just decided one day that there needs to be more relatable music for teens and so here she came. It was her opinion and there is some truth behind it (obviously considering she became a household name in less than a year at the ripe old age of 16), though you can say that their music is relevant because sometimes you just want to imagine yourself living the highlife and that music helps you do that, and that’s just another opinion with some validity behind it.
Lorde is incredibly insightful when it comes to the themes present in the music industry currently and all of her opinions have at least some validity to them, so saying she’s disrespectful and a ‘snot-nose brat teen’ just means that you’re reading to much gossip websites which completely blew up the situations. (Hint hint: THAT’S HOW THEY FUCKING MAKE THEIR MONEY)
I guess it just really bothers me because it’s given her such a bad rep and people think it’s okay to make fun of her sense of fashion/appearance because ‘oh she’s a bitch it doesn’t matter.’ Literally I was listening to the radio one day in the car, and radio host quoted her, “The phrase ‘teen hottie’ literally makes me want to throw up,” then proceeded to call her ugly and that she wouldn’t have to worry about people calling her that, THEN proceeded to play Royals, because it’s totally okay to use someones art to bring in listener right after calling the artist ugly. My skin crawled, I swear to god it’s disgusting. The one thing that’s redeeming about this is that at the end of the day Lorde is still much wiser and a better person than the people who treat her like that.
Thanks for reading this if you did. I’ve just gotten in arguments with uneducated people about this and it really bothers me because Lorde is one of few celebrities I look up to (also my absolute favorite music artist) and try to stay read up on.