The Lorde-Taylor Swift “autoimmune disease” friendship issue spread like wildfire as social media users slam the analogy, leaving the “Royals” singer regretful for her choice of words.
Lorde and Taylor Swift have been best of friends for a long time, which may be why the singers already feel very comfortable with each other to the point of using analogies to describe the other in what may seem insensitive for most.
In fact, some believe that Lorde did just that during an interview with The Guardian when she described being friends with the “Bad Blood” pop star to being with someone with “autoimmune disease.”
“It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies,” she started saying when asked about the hardships of having a famous friend like Taylor Swift.
“There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship,” she added before finally using the controversial analogy that sparked Twitter warriors’ interest.
“It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.”
After the news emerged, some Taylor Swift fans immediately caught word about how the beloved artist was described and deemed it insensitive to liken friendship with her to a devastating and life-ending illness such as an autoimmune disease.
After reading the post, Lorde apologized and backtracked on her words quickly.
“didn’t mention taylor, but regardless, i f-f****d up & that was really insensitive. i’m sorry.”
Several other Twitter users left comments on the thread in what appears to be a new debate about the two celebrities. Some defended Lorde, saying that she was only trying to express how difficult it was to be friends with someone so popular.
I saw nothing wrong with what she said. She was saying it is hard and there are many things you can't do and places you can't go— sasw111 (@sadieknowsall) June 20, 2017
Nothing wrong with Lorde said, and that's coming from someone with 10+ years of severe fistulizing Crohn's Disease.— Juan (@JuanLikesBacon) June 20, 2017
However, others deem it insensitive to use such analogy when she could’ve explained her thoughts more simply and accurately, without causing any misunderstanding.
then she couldve just said that instead of making an insensitive analogy about a disease that ppl cant control... no hate, im just saying— abby (@musicgomez) June 20, 2017
i get u, i have chronic pain so i understand the analogy + the intended comparison, it just didn't sit right w/ me, but if ur cool with it— Stephanie Marie (@stefinitely85) June 20, 2017
Based on what she said on The Guardian’s original story, the Lorde-Taylor Swift “autoimmune disease” friendship analogy didn’t really happen. In fact, the article where the questionable analogy surfaced was not talking about the 20-year-old singer-songwriter from New Zealand’s friendship with the 27-year-old pop star at all.
Tom Lamont’s article on Lourde, which talks about her journey to stardom and how much she still wants to achieve, simply segued on being friends with someone famous while proving how she explains herself in analogies most of the time even if it is unnecessary.
At that time, the author of the article just happened to mention Taylor Swift in the report to prove his point as the example since the two had been friends for years.
On top of that, Lorde never mentioned Taylor Swift in the quote Lamont added to the article, which proves that the matter was merely blown out of proportion after being regurgitated by online news outlets.
Even so, the singer was sensitive enough to apologize even when not at fault if only to show that she understands why people who read it felt the way they did. If that’s not being sensitive, I don’t know what is.
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