Lorde has recently been accused of being racist for writing and singing her chart-topping hit, "Royals". In a post on blog feministing.com, influential writer named Veronica Bayetti Flores claimed the New Zealand singer took a jab at the rap culture and black people in general with the track.
"Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs," Flores wrote, referring to some lines in the song. "So why sh** on black folks? Why sh** on rappers? Why aren't we critiquing wealth by taking hits at golf or polo or Central Park East?"
"Why not take to task the bankers and old-money folks who actually have a hand in perpetuating and increasing wealth inequality? I'm gonna take a guess: racism," she continued.
Several people have stood up to defend Lorde. "I realize not everything in this world is an instrument of oppression," a New Zealand journalist said. "And not everything in this world should be viewed through the lens of Americans, particularly when it comes to race and cultures of other countries. To insist otherwise is ignorant at best and imperialistic at worst."
A female reader called Flores' post "a dreadfully done piece of deconstruction." The reader wrote, "I hope you have a better understanding of your own bias and lack of understanding of the world beyond your own, and an interest in the impact of imported American culture on the rest of the world."