Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lorde: Telegraph readers share their views

After Helmer and the Mail, let's go for the trifecta and see what Telegraph readers make of Lorde's views on the music industry.

Some context; the article quotes Lorde talking about the Faustian pact she's made:

She said she was becoming used to being a public commodity, adding "the fact that I'm getting used to it frightens me".

"There is a difference between attn from fans, which I love, and the constant, often lecherous gaze that I'm subjected to in this industry," she tweeted.

"I know that success comes with a price tag. it just sucks when you see that in your tiny home country where you previously felt safe."
A fairly balanced expression of a horrible situation, right?

Not once the Telegraph readers have got to it:
Steve Moxon • 2 hours ago
She should be so lucky. An ordinary-looker like her goes for stardom to up her chances of getting a 'lecherous gaze' from a high-status guy.
There's never any limit to female hypocrisy.
Yes, that's right. Women who fail to live up to Steve Moxon's high standards of sexual attractiveness would only want to become popstars so a "high status guy" would perve at them.
Andy mx • 3 hours ago
she's not even attractive..... talk about being up your own backside
Why would you even have an opinion on this unless Andy mx found you attractive?

Someone tries to support Lorde:
susieq2u • 5 hours ago
the lecherous gaze she's subjected to in the industry is real and it's from creepy aging pedophiles who are dying to convince her to disrobe... She was the only fully dressed female performer at the Grammys. And her performance was stunning. Hope this kid can stay strong and true to herself.
... and immediately becomes a target:
Steve Moxon susieq2u • an hour ago
This is the definition of paedophilia where the age of the girl is any age younger than yours, then?
Paedophilia is the exclusive sexual interest in pre-pubescents. 'Lorde' [sic] is SEVENTEEN. That's SIX TO SEVEN YEARS POST-PUBERTY.
It's not clear if Steve really doesn't understand the way younger women are presented as even younger than they are in parts of mainstream culture, or - more worryingly - that he believes that paedophilia ceases to be in any way disturbing providing the child has reached puberty. Or if he just gets out a kick of pretending he doesn't understand.

Won't someone think of the children?
Thomas • 5 hours ago
No one asked you to release music to the public, you retard so stfu and think of the starving Africans while you're getting millions for singing a boring song. ARSEHOLE!
Oh. Not quite the children I was thinking of. But, er, yes, how dare you express an opinion about your life when your job doesn't directly feed starving children. (Thomas, perhaps, thinks that every time he calls someone a retard on the Daily Telegraph site, someone gives a child in South Sudan a cup of grain.)

And on and on it rolls:
Rideintothesun • 14 hours ago −
You can't have your cake and eat if comes to mind here love. Post Cobain, it appears to have become a requirement that every aspiring 'alternative' star must, at periodic points of their privileged existence, issue asinine whines about the evils of wouldn't surprise me in the least if this was some sort of contractual obligation. Perhaps she could console herself with the fact that, up until this point, I hadn't heard of her.
Rideintothesun hadn't heard of Lorde until now, but having just discovered her he's managed to decide that she's in some way like Kurt Cobain, working in a vague 'alternative' music style, and decided that her complaint must be completely without basis and probably part of a marketing drive. Just in the few seconds it took to read a very short Telegraph article. Imagine what he'd be able to get out of something more substantial, like three minutes watching one of Lorde's songs.

I know, I know. You shouldn't read the comments on anything, much less papers owned by reclusive twins who live in a castle in the sea. But sometimes you have to dip in, if only to remind yourself that maybe an asteroid striking Earth wouldn't be all bad.

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