Lorde is the next big thing in pop music, and for good reason – she’s fantastic, and her debut album, Pure Heroine, is REALLY good. She’s also incredibly mature and intelligent for her young age (she’s only 16!) and recently admitted that she was a bit disappointed with songs like Selena Gomez‘s ‘Come and Get It’ because it comes across as pretty anti-feminist. Selena heard about this and had a whinge about how it’s not nice to say mean things about her music and “tear down” other artists and claimed THAT was anti-feminist.
Here, Selena, I think you need this:
Now Lorde has responded again, basically sticking by what she originally said. Drama!
From MTV News:
“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.
“I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can’t help but express those, which I think people appreciate,” she continued. “I mean, I don’t think I say anything that isn’t backed up. Most of the time I will stand by things that I’ve said.”
While I may not have been 100% on board with her original statement – though I kinda sorta am – I totally agree with her here. Since when were you automatically a hater because you happen to disagree with something or find fault in it? That’s what criticism is all about historically. It’s opinion-based and subjective, but it’s totally valid to look at the bigger cultural issues at play in our world.
Lighten up, Selena. Not everyone has to like you (and certainly not everyone does).