Someone, quickly find a big box! We need to mail Selena Gomez an award for what she said about Lorde in a recent radio interview. Not because what she said was nice or because we liked it, but because the winner of the week’s most backhanded compliment contest always receives a congratulatory trophy. While we’re super excited to share her shade with you, we first need to catch you on up on what led to this classic B.H.C.
So here goes: there’s a war brewing in the teen singing scene. It’s dramatic and it’s emotional and it’s dark. Literally dark. That’s just a natural result of so much shade being thrown around during the day. Two weeks ago, Lorde got quoted in an interview as saying that Taylor Swift was a bad role model for girls. She later clarified that statement to say that’s now what she meant. But in between the interview and the clarification, people got really heated defending one or the other. And by people, we mean Crushable. It should go without saying that we were on Team Lorde — ever after Lorde left Team Lorde.
Then today, Taylor Swift’s BFF Selena Gomez got asked what she thought about the recent Lorde drama on 99.5 and she responded like a middle school girl. If a middle school girl talked about feminism.
“I appreciate everybody’s opinion, especially because I’ve covered her music lots of times. I think she is super talented and I think it’s awesome. But I think at the same time that feminism and that specific thing is very sensitive because in my opinion it’s not feminism if you’re tearing down another artist. So that’s the only thing that I feel but you know, she’s young, she’s got so much talent, she’s gonna take over, she gets it, so I don’t take it to heart”
While I have to give her a hand for sandwiching an insult in between two compliments, I also have to say that she’s wrong. Feminism is not refraining from criticizing someone because she’s a woman. It’s refraining from differentiating between men and women and acknowledging that they’re equal in every single way. They should be rewarded the same way and criticized in the same way. Giving a woman a free pass for being a woman doesn’t further feminism in any way. It’s just a way to distract people from what someone said. “She hates me and I am a woman and therefore she is a woman-hater,” turns the conversation around so quickly that people often forget what the original point was. As a site that’s often accused of being anti-feminist for not liking certain females, this (horrible) definition of feminism hits pretty close to home.
Then again, I should look on the upside. There are women at war right now and we’re still waiting for one to weigh in. Taylor, it’s your move.