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Lorde's number one single 'Royals' accused of being racist, causes mass debate

Lorde's number one single 'Royals' accused of being racist, causes mass debate

Last week, Lorde became the youngest solo artist in two decades to reach number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The sixteen year old's song, 'Royals' has topped the Billboard alternative charts for seven weeks, making it the longest stint by a female in history. However, the subject matter of 'Royals' has been called into question, particularly for racist undertones.

Victoria Bayetti Flores has taken to her blog on feministing.com to criticise a song she considers "deeply racist", citing the lyrics "But every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom... But everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece."

Flores continues:

"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist. Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs. So why shit on black folks? Why shit 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. I don't have to explain why wealth operates differently among folks who've grown up struggling because this shit has been explained already: If you grew up with holes in your zapatos you'd celebrate the minute you was having dough."

New Zealand journalist Linda Brendish has since jumped to her defence with the following statement: "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".

What do you think?

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