Selena Gomez Responds To Lorde Diss About Being “Anti-Feminist”

Oct 11th, 2013 // 9 Comments

Lorde won herself an army of haters by labeling Selena Gomez “anti-feminist” in an interview with Rolling Stone. She took offense at the lyrics of summer smash “Come & Get It”, saying “the theme of her song is, ‘when you’re ready come and get it from me.’ I’m sick of women being portrayed this way.”

It seemed like an overly literal interpretation of the bubbly pop song but the teenager refused to back down — telling MTV she had “perfectly reasonable grounds” for that critique. After keeping her silence, the Stars Dance diva finally responded in an interview with Hot 99.5. “I appreciate everybody’s opinion, especially because I’ve covered [Lorde's] music lots of times,” she began politely.

But the “Slow Down” hitmaker added: “in my opinion it’s not feminism if you’re tearing down another artist.” Ever the class act, Selena concluded by saying: “You know, she’s young, she’s got so much talent… so I don’t take it to heart.” Listen to the interview in full after the jump.

Does Selena have a point? Does Lorde even understand the concept of feminism? Do you care? Answer any one of these questions in the comments below.

  1. Selena says that Lorde isn’t being feminist because she is tearing down another artist.

    I don’t think Selena gets what feminism is about. Tearing down another artist means you are giving less rights to women? Even if she said “female artist”, feminism would allow women to be criticized the same way men can be criticized.

    • Lorde is a radical feminist in my opinion. And you also don’t understand what a feminism movement is all about. They don’t just fight for women rights but also gays, transgender and even men rights. What Selena meant was that even though Lorde is a feminist it doesn’t mean everyone needs to have the same opinion as hers.

      Good job Selena!

      • Well feminism at it’s most base is about women, not all those you mentioned, though I’m sure they fight for their rights as well.

        And I don’t understand how Selena meant it like you said. There is absolutely nothing in her words that suggests that not everyone has to have the same opinion of Lorde. She said Lorde wasn’t feminist because she was tearing someone else down, not that Lorde thinks her opinion should be that of others.

  2. Me

    im glad selena wont be covering Lorde’s songs any longer because she completely butchered Royals with her crap vocals. #justsayin

  3. carlos

    LOL THAT was tearing down? REALLY? She said she didn’t like what the song says as a feminist, and this super clever person says that in response? haha No wonder she’s friends with Taylor “Everybody I date Can’t break up with me without being the worst person in the world” Swift.
    Girl needs to go back to school.
    That’s what happens when everybody keeps telling you that you’re perfect since childhood, you get used to having your ass kissed for everything you do.

  4. JR

    Seriously? “overly literal interpretation” of Selena’s song!? What do you actually think she is singing about then? She caters to a teen base. But Pop Music is riddled in metaphors, especially sexual metaphors when it comes to female pop stars, and Come & Get It is a 3 minute sexual metaphor for asking a boy to come “get” what she has. Lorde never meant it as a diss, it was a critique of song lyrics. Selena obviously doesn’t understand what feminism is about.

    Selena is still young and it’s not like she writes these lyrics herself, but she needs to understand she is singing sexually metaphoric lyrics to an audience who aren’t very sexually mature.

    Xtina is a classic example of breaking herself away from that type of artist with her Stripped album. It’s not that you can’t wear short skirts, show off cleavage etc., that’s against the feminist movement to a degree. But it’s about taking control of your life, sexuality, choices etc. Xtina showcased that and balanced it through image and music. Selena, Taylor & others, they’re still young girls catering to even younger girls. Not all blame is on them, they are creations of big record labels. But when they’re in that mould, they should be careful. Miley is trying to break out of it, I understand it, but she doesn’t necessarily have that older fanbase just yet and it’s a lot more difficult compared to when Xtina did it, I believe. That’s why it can be damaging to feminism for young girls who only see their idols and favourite musicians dressing the way they dress, singing lyrics that are “from their heart, their experiences” and so they want it. Even male popstars are guilty of it – you have 1D who (to give credit) have kept it teen-friendly with their band image/music. Yet you have Justin being the male version of Miley.

    I know it’s way off, but that is how I think Lorde’s critique is warranted, overall. She may not have meant it in that way.

  5. Lorde is right on the money. If you want it, come and get it, says Selena. She is suggesting that the song states that girls should be available sexually to all comers. Lorde says that this is a bad message to be sending out to girls.

    I have watched a lot of Westerns in my time. Selena is the type of woman who causes trouble. She ends up usually being killed by one of the bad guys or with an Apache arrow. Most people are secretly glad she is out of the way, not causing any more trouble. Lorde is the responsible one who the hero falls in love with and marries.

    Look at their faces. You can see their characters.

    • RAP

      What do you mean causing any trouble? first off this is not what the topic is about even. Futhermore, she has never caused any trouble in her career, she has helped in more cases than causing trouble. Some people just see the outer cover of people-but, hey, it is not your fault that you are one of those types of people.

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