Lorde Controversial On Purpose? Feminist Singer's 'Sex Positive' Comments Confusing To Fans [VIDEO]

By Mary Kinney December 17, 2013 3:22 PM EST
Singer Lorde performs
Singer Lorde performs "Royals" at The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night event. (Photo: Reuters)

Lorde, the 17-year-old singer who took the world by storm with her song "Royals," has come out as a "hugely sex-positive person" in an interview with V magazine. Lorde's feminism has gotten her into trouble recently, and it has been difficult to decipher for fans. Her criticism has gained traction since she called out Selena Gomez. The New Zealand songstress accused Gomez's song "Come and Get It" as "anti-feminist."

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Gomez responded to the accusations. "That's not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That's my honest opinion, that's what I would say to her if I saw her," she said in an interview with Flaunt magazine.

"I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I've done so far. I'm not sure if I'm going to continue that." Since those confrontations, Lorde has been accused of slut-shaming. Lorde set the record straight.

"People like to paint me in a certain way, but I'm a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked," Lorde says to V. "For me personally I just don't think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It's not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn't felt necessary for me." Sex-positive feminism rejects the prudishness that can be associated with the second-wave feminist movement. The "Royals" singer prefers to cover up, but she does not want to stop other women from showing what they want.

Lorde is concerned with women as role models. She recently told Metro magazine, "Taylor Swift is so flawless and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls." Are Lorde's views just misunderstood, or is she interested in attacking these stars? The former might be true, considering Swift and Lorde have made up since the remarks: Lorde was recently seen having a ball at Swift's birthday garden party. Is Lorde really a sex-positive feminist? Or is she just looking to get a rise out of celebrities?

Watch the video for Lorde's hit song "Royals":

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