Selena Gomez has hit back at comments made by Lorde after the Kiwi singer branded one of the US pop star’s songs as anti-feminist.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine Lorde, a feminist, revealed she did not like the way Gomez portrayed women in her track Come And Get It.
Selena has now responded to the remarks during an interview on US radio station Hot 99.5, in which she questions Lorde’s take on feminism.
“I appreciate everybody’s opinion, especially because I’ve covered Lorde’s music lots of times. I think she is super talented and I think it’s awesome … But in my opinion it’s not feminism if you’re tearing down another artist,” Gomez said.
“You know, she’s young, she’s got so much talent, she’s going to like, take over. She gets it. I don’t take it to heart.”
In an interview with Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill, Lorde, who turns 17 in November, elaborated on her belief about Come And Get It.
“I think a lot of pop music and how females are portrayed in pop music is not a super healthy thing and I try and stay away from it,” she said.
“A song came out recently by a big pop star and the lyrical thing is ‘when you’re ready come and get it, I’ll be sitting right here just waiting’ and I just find that so pathetic and I don’t think girls should be listening to that kind of thing and I don’t think that is normal or healthy.”
Lorde has also criticised Justin Bieber for providing a false depiction of what it’s like to be a teenager and star producer David Guetta, who she called “gross” in an interview with Metro magazine.
She has defended her opinions, saying she had ‘reasonable grounds’ to back her views.
“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 per cent good, you’re a ‘hater’,” she told MTV News.
“Even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique.
“People will say exactly what they think about a movie, but as soon as you say it about a record, you’re like some little zombie in a funny dungeon.”
Lorde admitted she could be outspoken at times.
“I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can’t help but express those, which I think people appreciate.
“I don’t think I say anything that isn’t backed up. Most of the time I will stand by things that I’ve said.
“I just want to continue making music; it’s the reason I’m here in the first place,” she said.
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