Usually pop singers (if we can really lump her into that crowd) are not ones to bust each others chops. They remain tight lipped about any less than perfect opinions they may have. I have also noticed this tends to be an American thing. If you have anything other than blatant drooling praise to offer an American celebrity then you best not say anything. If you do, prepare to be hated by a whole country of patriotic celebrity worshippers. The English and New Zealand cultures are different. We tend to take the piss out of all people more. It is seen as an affectionate way to relate to people. Give them shit with a smile on your face. If kiwis are too nice, that's when you need to worry. I think Americans tend to be the opposite. Of course I am generalising.
Remember what happened when Ricky Jervais dared to make fun of all the American celebrities at the Golden Globes? It was an outrage! People just could not believe that anyone would dare take a jibe at the American royalty. But you know what? Why the hell are celebrities so special? They're in movies. So what? I raise two kids. I have kept them alive for five and two years, with no nanny whatsoever! Where is my fucking Golden Globe?
The fact that Lorde has dared to voice her honest opinion of her peers actually makes me respect her even more. Why? Because I totally agree with what she has to say! All of it! The media keeps hyping up anything she says as "disses" but I'd doubt if any of her statements are meant to be offensive. Read on and see what you think....
- Lorde has said of rappers Nicki Minaj and Drake: "Those rappers make music that doesn't relate to most people's lives. They all sing about such opulence. It's completely irrelevant" True and hardly offensive. I suspect this was in the context of her song Royals, which questions the relevance of rap lyrics in a middle class society. Lorde has also said in an interview with Vivo lift that the lyrics to royals were not to be taken too seriously. Funny how that interview has not been picked up by the media so much, huh?
- Of Taylor Swift Lorde has said: "She is so flawless, and so unattainable and I don't know if it is breeding anything good in young girls." Also very true. Mariana recently saw Tay-Tay in the flesh at her Auckland concert. One of the first things she said to me (other than how amazing she was) was "She is sooooo skinny!" Taylor confessed to Vogue magazine in the Feb 2012 issue, how as a performer, she feels very pressured to stay thin. I personally recall seeing her on The Graham Norton Show last year. When the host mentioned something about her having done modelling, she reacted strangely, it was as if she was almost offended. "Haha! No. That's very kind of you but no!" Even though is she stunning and very thin she could not believe that he had thought she could possibly be a model. So much perfection and still so much un-ease. What a shame. I totally agree with Lorde's comment. Is over-perfection a healthy influence on anyone? It's definitely fucked my head up from time to time!
- Of Selena Gomez's song Come and Get It, Lorde has said: "I'm a feminist and the theme of her song is, when you're ready come and get it from me. I am sick of women being portrayed like this." Damn straight! So am I! Have you seen/heard Selena's song? Not only is it a bad, bad song, but she is dancing around provocatively, singing 'When you're ready come and get it!" I mean, come on! Fair fucking comment! No? If you are still not sure here are some lyrics....
Na na na (x3)
You ain’t gotta worry it’s an open invitation
I’ll be sittin’ right here real patient
All day all night I’ll be waitin’ standby
Selena's reaction was quite interesting. She fired back: "It's not feminism if you're tearing down other artists".
Well actually it kind of is. Being bold enough to take a stand for what you believe in kind of epitomises feminism. And anyway Selena, don't take is so personally! It's not a jibe at you! Just the song you sing, which you didn't write. It's okay, it's no secret. I found out that it was written by Ester Dean with just a quick googling!
- Of now adult child stars, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears Lorde said: "The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and I am way less inclined to be like "Look at me! I'm Fucking Mental!" Once again, fair comment. Both Miley and Britney grew up entirely in the public eye like performing show ponies. Than can't be that easy on a kid. All the falseness and so much pressure to stay on top of the game. It's no wonder child stars lose their shit by the time they reach their 20s! When Lorde's in the USA I bet she gets treated like royalty, but when she get's back to NZ she'll just be 'that girl from Takapuna' again. I imagine that would be quite nice!
Lorde is not actually the one who should be on trial for running her mouth. The media is who is responsible for running back and forth between pop stars and sprouting out lines like "OOh Selena!/Taylor!/Britney! Lorde said this about you! What do you have to say back". I mean come on! Grow up! And why is Lorde being judged so harshly? She's not perfect. No one actually is. And no one should feel like they have to be. Isn't that kinda her whole point?
Check out this vid below! Isn't she awesome.