The Word: Lorde is sorry for bashing Taylor Swift

BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 28:  Lorde performs for fans on day 3 of the 2013 Splendour In The Grass Festival on July 28, 2013 in Byron Bay, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Lorde is a fan of Taylor Swift, honest. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

I’ve noticed something: The first time I hear about new pop stars is when they get in a feud with old pop stars. This might just be because I am musically illiterate and would happily listen to nothing but “Glee” soundtracks for the rest of my life, but perhaps there is more to it than that. Perhaps it’s all part of the music industry’s master plan.

Anyway, someone named Lorde is apparently sorry that she said something mean about Taylor Swift.

“Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls [who might think] ‘I’m never going to be like Taylor Swift, why can’t I be as pretty as Lorde?’ That’s f—king bulls—t,” she told New Zealand’s Metro Magazine.

The 16-year-old singer-songwriter later said on her Tumblr that she regretted her comments. “sure! i think i c—ed that up a bit and what i said wasn’t put in context also. what i meant was: there’s a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and i wish my favourite stars didn’t look perfect because i think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection,” she wrote.

Lorde said she’s actually an admirer of Taylor’s: “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.”

Glad we got that cleared up. Also I listened to someone of Lorde’s music while I was writing this. I like it a lot. Score one for the music industry’s master plan.



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