Harry Potter swoops in to save the day!
Saturday Night Live host Daniel Radcliffe spoke to British reporters of the backlash against musical guest Lana Del Rey.
“It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly,” DanRad said. Viewers took to Twitter immediately after her performances to air their disgust for the pretty singer.
“Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12-year-old in their bedroom when they’re pretending to sing and perform. #signofourtimes,” actress and musician Juliette Lewis tweeted.
Perez Hilton got in on the action, too. “LOL, sorry, but her voice was all over the place. She was off-key and had zero stage presence,” he wrote, suddenly becoming an expert on music. “She looked completely uncomfortable on stage and even made us uncomfortable just watching her.”
Radcliffe doesn’t think her actual talent had anything to do with the criticism. The web sensation made history when she was booked on the live sketch comedy show without yet releasing an album. She gained notoriety after releasing songs like “Blue Jeans” and “Video Games” on YouTube.
“I also think people are making it about things other than the performance,” he added, referencing the criticism of her stage presence and anxiety. “If you read what people are saying about her online, it’s all about her past and her family and stuff that’s nobody else’s business.”
“I don’t think it warranted anywhere near that reaction.”
Del Rey‘s performance isn’t limiting her opportunities, though: She’s been booked for South by Southwest in March and even won over her most vocal critic, Juliette Lewis.
“I woke up singing a @LanaDelRey song! Such great haunting melodies! Regardless of my own taste LIVE she’s a #FreshandYummy songwriter. Period,” Lewis wrote.
Can we just agree to give her another chance, world? If Harry Potter is willing, so are we.