• Fri, Oct 18 - 10:53 am ET

Lorde Stands By Her Selena Gomez Comment, Which Forces Me To Stand Up And Start A Slow Clap

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Just when I thought my new crush on Lorde couldn’t get any bigger, she tells MTV News that she’s not going to apologize for what she said about Selena Gomez in an interview from a few weeks ago. For those of you who don’t have Google alerts set up for “Major Dramaaaaaa,” lemme catch you up real fast. Lorde pointed out that “Come and Get It” portrays women negatively. Which, catchiness aside, it most definitely does. Selena responded by saying that criticizing another woman’s music makes Lorde a bad feminist. And now Lorde is responding by saying that the music scene’s fifty shades of messed-up right now when it comes to criticizing other artists.

“I think there’s a funny culture in music that’s only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn’t 100-percent good, you’re a ‘hater,’ even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique,” she said. “People will say exactly what they think about a movie or a TV show, and that’s fine, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.

Can I get a slow clap up in here for our girl Lorde on calling out this whole “hater” trend? It not only runs rampant in the music scene, but also on the internet. Whenever you criticize someone popular, you’re called a hater or jealous or if you’re lucky, both. I can’t even tell you how many times people have accused me of being jealous of artists like Taylor Swift when I call them out on their bad behavior. Yes, there are most certainly people out there who throw out insults at celebrities because they’re jealous. But there are also people out there who do write well reasoned arguments and are dismissed immediately as being a hater.

Lorde was right when she said that “Come and Get It” sends a bad message to girls about their sexuality. If you actually read through the lyrics, they’re about a girl who’s waiting around for a guy to come and have sex with her at his own leisure.

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

While Selena’s allowed to sing about whatever she wants, she can’t dismiss Lorde as a hater for simply calling her out on her song’s message. In fact, the more mature response would’ve been to defend her song and explain to us why she believes in the message. (And wouldn’t we all love to hear her explain to her tween fans why a woman should wait around for a guy.) However she chose the easy route, and that is to blame Lorde for having an opinion. Unfortunately for her, Lorde doesn’t play by the traditional celebrity PR rules and she’s not going to apologize for what she said.


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  • Joshua Skye

    Have you ever seen Lorde sing her little ditty live? My friend Remi makes a very astute observation… “Every time she sings the word ‘royals’ she looks like she’s getting it up the butt DRY, poor thing.” It’s funny cause its true.

  • TomServo

    It’s really funny that Selena tries to defend a song that she didn’t even help write. Just try to interpret it as meaning something else or don’t sing songs that you can’t write or back up for that matter.

  • Janet

    Selena Gomez is just an annoying no talent who is everywhere lately, flaunting this or wearing a too tight that. She tries too hard. She needs to just go away. I choose Lordes over Selena, or the brainless Rihanna or Katy Perry any day. Girls need someone to look up to, not someone to idolize who chooses women beaters or wears ridiculous outfits. It is wonderful to have a real artist with a brain for once.

  • Blakeney

    Clapping hard. So tired of bimbo culture, and the attitude
    among many young women that this is the only way to get attention. There’s a
    difference between self-assured and subservient, just as there’s a difference
    between sexy and sleazy. Good for Lorde for speaking up, and not backing down.

  • BartonFink

    Oh my lord, that heifer doesn’t like Selena Gomez! Wait, this is praise-worthy? Egad.

  • http://www.revelsrivals.com/ Nicholas Korn

    I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love;
    I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love.
    From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl,
    My heart says follow through.
    But I know, now, that I’m way down on your line,
    But the waitin’ feel is fine:
    So don’t treat me like a puppet on a string,
    ‘Cause I know I have to do my thing.
    – Bob Marley

  • bdwilkin

    Lorde, I agree with what you said about criticisms in the music industry. BTW, your song is annoying as hell. Late.

  • AnonymousHero

    Bravo Lorde. 100% agree. Clearly Selena either doesn’t know what she’s singing about or talking about to say Lorde’s a bad feminist. She oughta shut up & say nothing because Lorde is absolutely right. Pathetic sex-crazed pop songs… enough already.

  • Giap

    I have never met a professed feminist whom embraces women, most are angry and bitter, who hate men and are jealous of other women and seldom uplift anyone. They tend to be judgmental and I have stopped listening to BS years ago.

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  • frank ford

    Jenni Maier is a moronic slut!

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  • sonoran

    So Lorde had a similar situation happen to her: A feminist columnist criticized the lyrics of “Royals” saying it was racist since it singled out hip-hop music.

    What was Lorde’s reaction? She said that when she hears this type of criticism from someone she respects she pays attention, and while she thought the columnist was cherry-picking the lyric, since part of the lyrics were clearly referring to Rock and Pop music excesses, she might have been able to express herself better than she did.

    In other words she reacted like someone who actually has a brain and emotional maturity beyond what you’d expect from a 7 year old, unlike Ms Gomez.

  • Lauren

    I think she was right and Selena should be a better role model for girls and she should not be singing about that kind of thing .