One Direction and Justin Bieber Fans are Attacking Lorde and her Boyfriend on Twitter

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The trajectory of Lorde’s very early career has been interesting. The singer dominated the pop music scene earlier this year with her hit “Royals,” but then fell subject to various and at times bizarre criticisms that seem to come hand-in-hand with success these days. One of the more prominent claims was that Lorde’s hit song was racist, as some listeners felt she portrayed hip-hop culture in a negative way.

That accusation may have come and gone, but now the singer has become the target of racism herself. Apparently Justin Bieber and One Direction fans are under the impression that Lorde, at some point, called Justin Bieber and the boys of One Direction ugly. (As Jezebel points out, actual proof of this hasn’t surfaced.) In an act of retaliation, Bieber and 1D fans took to Twitter to attack the singer’s boyfriend James Lowe, using Asian stereotypes to make fun of him and calling him “ugly.”

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These tweets show that there are two equally disappointing ideologies at play here. One is the assumption that a couple’s happiness (and our consequential approval of them) is based on the equivalence of their attractiveness. The other more obvious one, is that despite how much we feel we’ve “progressed” as a society, using someone’s race is still a way of insulting someone. People are baffled that she’d choose someone who they deem is not of the level of someone as beautiful and wildly successful, but they are downright “disgusted” and “uncomfortable” that it’d be with someone not of her own race.

And it only took one person to voice this damaging belief for it to spread. That’s the danger of social media in the hands of trigger-happy teens; where the retweets and likes grow, so does the strength and power of the sentiment. One of these tweets that states “Lorde and her boyfriend make me uncomfortable” has 4,030 retweets and 4,638 favorites alone. That’s the technological equivalent of the popular girl in school saying to a hesitant follower, “Haha, go on, just trip her. She’s so weird, it’ll be SO funny.”

Considering the volatile nature of Beliebers and One Direction fans, the attack isn’t necessarily surprising, but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening.

  • sheila

    my god, sometimes i really do hate the internet

  • Jut

    Easily the worst generation ever. They’re talking about a 17 year old girl…

  • YES/NO MUSIC

    racism still alive and kicking…

  • B-Boy Rock-Star

    Damn… Those Bieber Fans are CRAAAAAY… S.M.H

  • Hugg

    But I know they don’t want me in the damn club they even made me show ID to get inside a sams club

  • Nerd

    These little cunts need a smack.

  • SammyK

    I Know James and can say that he is genuinely a nice dude who doesn’t deserve any of those negative comments. The dude also has swag

  • larae_is_bored

    Majority of those have nothing to do with his race. They just think he’s ugly, plain and simple. Everyone has a preference you know?

  • larae_is_bored

    Majority of those have nothing to do with his race. They just think he’s ugly, plain and simple. Everyone has a preference you know?

  • Matthew Almont

    Worst part is the fact that a lot of these tweets are from normal people, not obsessed pop fans

  • thib

    LMAO wait so she didnt even call them ugly?? damn that must be a bitch

  • Casey Bird

    You should have included Tyler the Creator’s instagram post. I lost a lot of respect for him after that.

  • penda

    because he thought a picture was funny? ain’t like he said anything besides “haha”

  • Justice Taylor

    right/wrong. Everybody has a preference, that’s cool. But you don’t attack people with your pointed opinions and expect for it to be ok. That’s not cool. AT ALL.

  • larae_is_bored

    Very true

  • Crunch

    whew. glad we didn’t have social media when i was in middle school. shit was simple

  • Bela Lugosi

    have you guys heard this new Rap song about Racism for Asians??http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXh-FYK_VVM

  • alfie j

    Nobody cares that you lost respect for him. He isn’t going ANYWHERE.

  • Anon

    “Lorde’s hit song was racist” Okay…Her song isn’t racist, i can’t believe people think that, but no one thinks that every hip-hop song popular right now is racist since they say ‘nigga’ 30 times. Im done with the internet,,,

  • Karan Singh Rawat

    Some people in this world are just so horrible! Stop attacking Lorde and her boyfriend. I’m ashamed of so many people in this generation

  • dontcare

    Damn, these “fans” don’t like what she is saying about one direction but yet they all say the same thing to her boyfriend. Hypocrite much?

  • Pie

    They have no right to be racist and tell her boyfriend to go to hell or say he’s ugly, but something struck me because she’s 17 and her boyfriend is 25. That’s a eight year difference and it kinda scares me. (Somehow)

  • jean.bandico@yhaoo.com

    all of fans of JB AND FUCKING WRONG DIRECTION MY YOUR OWN BUSINESS.??????????????????? FUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKK BITCHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • jean.bandico@yhaoo.com

    fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
    YOUUUUUUUUUUUU
    WRONG DIRECTION????????????// SON OF BITCH
    I WISH YOU DIE ALL YOUR MEMBERS:;??????????
    FUCK22222222222

  • kalee

    Im so tired of racsism and bullying. Life is too short for you to worry about who is dating who and how that effects you because news flash it doesnt. So back the fuck off lorde. Ps. One direction guys aren’t attractive to me either …