Selena Gomez has responded to Lorde, after the 16-year-old newcomer called the Latina’s music anti-feminist.
The “Royals” star, who has quickly gained a reputation for being outspoken, recently put Gomez on notice when asked for a view on the actress-singer in a Rolling Stone interview.
“I love pop music on a sonic level,” Lorde told the magazine. “But I’m a feminist and the theme of her song [‘Come & Get It’] is, ‘When you’re ready come and get it from me.’ I’m sick of women being portrayed this way.”
Now Gomez is having her say.
Speaking to Washington D.C.’s Hot 99.5 The Kane Show before her first Stars Dance concert on her just kicked off US run, the 21-year-old was asked for her take on criticism in general and Lorde’s comments.
Gomez said there was a difference between those who “hide behind the computer and want to say endless amount of things but would never say it to your face” and “the vocal ones.”
Specifically referring to Lorde, the Disney alum added,
“I appreciate everybody’s opinion, especially because I’ve covered her music lots of times. I think she is super talented and I think it’s awesome.”
Selena continued “But, I think at the same time … in my opinion it’s not feminism if you’re tearing down another artist. So, that’s the only thing that I feel. But, you know she’s young, she’s got so much talent and she’s going to like take over. She gets it and I’m not, I don’t take it to heart.”
Although Lorde recently apologized for her comments when she called Taylor Swift “flawless and unattainable,” she has not backtracked on critical remarks of other artists.
The singer previously said Justin Bieber did not provide “a real depiction of what it’s like to be a young person,” and slammed Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for opening and closing their sets with the same song.
However, the New Zealand native recently told MTV she stood by all her comments.
“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,” Lorde 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.”
Do you agree with Gomez that Lorde shouldn’t throw stones at other artists, or do think she has a right to express her opinion?