Seventeen-year-old Lorde is experiencing first-hand the dark side of international fame. The “Royals” singer and four-time Grammy nominee has become the center of a two-pronged racist tirade targeting both her and her rumored boyfriend.
Some of the online hate is coming from a specific group of One Direction fans angered by Lorde’s supposed but seemingly untraceable comment calling the boy banders “ugly.” In response to that alleged critique, some enraged 1D fans decided to respond with their own negativity about Lorde’s rumored 24-year-old boyfriend. Sadly, the comments quickly turned racist with haters spitting venom about James’s race.
Adding fuel to the fire was an Instagram posted by rapper and record producer Tyler, The Creator on December 5. The photo is one of the many taken last week when a bikini-clad Lorde headed to the beach with James while home in her native New Zealand. In one photo, Lorde hugs James from behind.
“Hhahahahahah,” Tyler, The Creator captioned his version of the photo, a comment that kicked off yet another slew of mean-spirited, racist comments. Lorde responded to Tyler’s December 5 post writing “was this supposed to make me feel something?” to which he responded, “NOT AT ALL, IT MADE ME LAUGH.”
Good Lorde, can’t they just see we’re on each other’s team?