Team sports really brings out the hatefulness of humanity. Need proof? Look no further than how San Francisco Giants fans are suddenly feeling about Lorde’s song, “Royals.”
After a year and a half of practically nonstop airplay of “Royals,” baseball fans are finally laying down the law at local San Francisco, California, radio stations. Until the World Series is over, at least two radio stations are refusing to play the song. Poor little Lorde has the World Series to blame for the drop in royalty checks.
In what feels like the most surprising World Series pairing in years, the San Francisco Giants are going head to head with the Kansas City Royals. Giants fans want no part of the New Zealander’s hit song as they feel like it’s an affront to their fandom.
One local radio station was a little bit more proactive, banning the song just a few days ago in a show of team spirit. It even tweeted out a message to Lorde that it meant no offense to her. The station had to make sure it didn’t alienate baseball fans, though.
No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a "Royals"-free zone. We're sure… http://t.co/7uvseCjb03
— KFOG (@KFOGRadio) October 17, 2014
Another radio station, KOIT, wasn’t as quick to make the move. Fans took to Twitter and Facebook to call it out for playing the song. Since seemingly being inundated with complaints, KOIT has also banned the song from its airwaves at least until the World Series is over.
To be fair to the Giants: Their outrage over “Royals” doesn’t stem entirely from the fact that the word is in the song. Lorde has previously said she was partially inspired to write the song because of a picture of a Royals baseball player.
“I had this image from National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde recently shared with VH1. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals’… It was just that word. It’s really cool.”
So, how long will the ban last? That probably depends on who wins the World Series.