Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Apparently this is a thing: (Dumb) People think Lorde is racist - Tia


I often feel people put things online just to get attention. Some stuff is so ridiculous I refuse to entertain the fact that someone could legitimately hold such an absurd opinion. So they must just say nonsensical things for attention.  The current "Lorde is racist" thing falls squarely in the "this is too stupid to be real" category.

In case you haven't heard, some random blogger is calling foul on Lorde's huge hit "Royals." Blogger Veronica Bayetti Flores has accused the cheeky lyrics about excessive opulence of being racist. Not just racist. "Deeply racist" (I'll give you a minute to crack up laughing, because that's what I did.)

In case you've been under a rock and haven't heard the song, the lyrics are as follows: 

But every song is like, gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room
We don't care
We're driving Cadillacs in our dreams

But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair

Flores has accused Lorde of attacking rappers and has stated that listeners have not taken the time to analyze "the racial implications of the lyrics." To that I would like to tell Ms. Flores to head for the nearest corner and have a seat. 

Is she serious? I would give more validity to Ms. Flores' argument if two things weren't true: 1. So much music (not just rap, but pop as well)  IS about an unattainable lifestyle that most listeners will never glimpse, let alone live. 2. The opulence that Lorde sings about isn't solely relegated to black rappers. From Ryan Lochte to Miley Cyrus, white people have shown that they too are willing to rock tacky ass gold grills. And while I can understand Ms. Flores' confusion since ONLY colored folks enjoy Grey Goose:
She's black, right?

Wait..

Those people look non-colored.

Hold on...I found a picture with black folks enjoying Grey Goose...

Oh sorry...wrong one

Not to stereotype, but didn't white boy rock & roll artists invent trashing hotel rooms? And aside from Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller, a quick Google search for "pet tigers" disproportionately shows it's NOT rappers who are keeping insane pets. 

While singing about the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous life is a heavy theme amongst rappers, hip-hop has not cornered the market on music about champagne wishes and caviar dreams. To call Lorde racist because she chose to write a song that points out the ridiculous nature of a music industry that so heavily focuses on abundance and wealth is not only flawed but it's misdirected. 

Ms. Flores seems to be offended that a white artist would call out the ludicrousness of songs that talk about nothing outside of unattainable wealth and lavish living. But shouldn't the ire be directed at the artists who insist on singing about a kind of lifestyle that most of their fan base have no frame of reference for? Should the audience have to constantly suspend disbelief in order to enjoy a song? How is a kid who rides the bus every day to his minimum wage job supposed to relate to waking up in a new Bugatti? Instead of fueling unnecessary racial arguments, why don't we take rappers, hip-hop artists and pop stars to task for continuing to perpetuate lyrics without substance. Let's stop rewarding those who insist on glorifying things that will eventually fade away. I would much rather give my hard earned doubloons to someone who is making quality, relatable music. And besides, if you're buying up the bar every weekend, you don't need my piddly little coins anyway. So you'll excuse me while I ignore your umpteenth song about lavishness and listen to "Royals" for the 200th time. 


and for good measure:


2 comments:

Lew Moore said...

Awesome takedown! Also, doubloons!!!

regeya said...

Oh, it gets better:

http://feministing.com/2013/10/10/a-little-more-on-lorde-royals-and-racism/