POLL: Are Lorde's celebrity insults becoming a royal pain?

Nov 27, 2013 at 12:11 p.m. ET

When Lorde first started taking jabs at other pop culture icons, we were grateful that someone in the limelight said what a lot of us were thinking. Now it seems Lorde can't sit down for an interview without throwing a celebrity under the bus. Has she gone too far?


Nicki MinajDrake and Nicki Minaj

When Lorde sat down with Interview Magazine, she said at the time she was working on her Love Club EP and that much of the music she was listening to talked about a lifestyle she couldn't relate to. "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.'" Of course, Interview Magazine cherry-picked this quote out of the interview, and in response to the backlash, Lorde took to Twitter.


It would seem Lorde was making a statement about the obvious theme of opulence in rap music, something many people are tiring of and asking the question, "Who is this speaking to?" It's a fair question.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Lorde also took a lot of heat when she told Metro Magazine, "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls." Swift fans went completely nut-house and Lorde went to Tumblr to clarify her position. "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."

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Lorde seemed to be making a general statement about how the unobtainable beauty we see in young women of pop culture sets unrealistic expectations. Lorde is 17 years old — she has the passion of a young person who is questioning what is going on around her and has the guts to say so. She just has to learn to speak in generalities instead of using specific celebrities as examples.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

When Lorde told Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm a feminist and the theme of (Selena Gomez's) song is, 'When you're ready come and get it from me.' I'm sick of women being portrayed this way," Gomez was quick to respond. Gomez told Flaunt magazine, "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. I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I've done so far. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue that."

Here again, Lorde has a valid point. A lot of us are tired of how women are portrayed in pop music, but Lorde probably should have used a more dramatic example — like Miley Cyrus.

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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Lorde also dissed Gomez's ex, Justin Bieber. She told MTV News, "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." How could any of us argue with that? She's right. Naturally, 10-year-old Beliebers went "off the rails" on social media because that's what happens when you dare to point out that Bieber's recent behavior makes him look like an a** clown.

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Britney Spears

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In an interview with The Sun, Lorde said, "I'll never go off the rails like Britney, or do an Amy, because my upbringing was so normal. I can't touch alcohol at my age and I'm not sure I even want to when I'm older."

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Lorde was pointing out that the public will be disappointed if it is expecting another celebrity meltdown from her, but this young star has to discipline herself to keep other celebrities out of her examples or if she's going to use celebrity examples, use ones that no one would bother defending — like Chris Brown. In the above quote, Britney Spears has turned herself around and has come back from the brink and Amy Winehouse is dead. Speaking ill of the dead is in poor taste and will detract people from the point you're trying to make every time.

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