The whole thing started when Lorde apparently called Justin Bieber and the boys of One Direction "ugly"; though there is actually no proof of this anywhere. Not even a whisper. So it is very likely that it never happened. But when photos of Lorde and her boyfriend (photographer James K Lowe) frolicking on the beach surfaced online, the beliebers and the 1D-ers went postal! Tweeting all kinds of awful comments about the fact that Lorde is dating an Asian guy. For some reason people could not get their heads around that fact that a famous songtress would select a beau that doesn't meet the mainstream guidelines of hotness. (Come on guys! This is Lorde we're talking about, she's not your mainstream kind of songstress!) It's as if there is an un-written rule that famous women may only date thick jawed, white guys with silky hair. How ridiculous. Personally, I think James is a cutie and the two look very sweet together.
But all ridiculousness aside, the most disturbing part was the barrage of hateful tweets that were released. It appears that even celebrities can be cyber bullied these days. Perhaps even more so that the average Joe.
Below are just a few of the awful things people deemed acceptable to tweet.
Maybe Lorde does not select her friends or lovers just by face value. Perhaps she does not need a trophy man on her arm to take to award ceremonies. Perhaps she is a strong talented woman who doesn't need to date her way to the top. Maybe, just maybe, Lorde likes James for who he is, not just how he looks. Maybe she is attracted to him because he, like her, is talented and intelligent. Seriously, check out some of his amazing photography here and his blog here. Maybe in each other they have found a kindred creative spirit. Isn't that better than just having a hot piece of ass to look at?
Is the internet to blame? Are people who would normally be too shy to say such things suddenly brave now, hidden behind their Twitter handles and laptop screens? Well whatever the reason, Lorde seems to have already told the haters where to go in advance lyrically. In her song 'A World Alone' from Pure Heroine released last year she sings: "Maybe the internet raised us, or maybe people are jerks". Quite fitting in this situation no?