Last month, Lorde railed against “spineless” music critics, calling out publications for “flip-flopping” between news and review coverage. Now, she’s setting her sights on another media target: the paparazzi.
Over a series of tweets posted yesterday, Lorde criticized the entire industry, but specifically singled out New Zealand-based photographer Simon Runting. “This man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. I am scared of him. He frequents central akl,” she tweeted alongside a photograph of Runting.
She then linked to Runting’s Facebook page, including the accompanying message: “this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry…i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear. i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent.”
Lorde also called to attention Runting’s recent photos of Rihanna, which capture the pop star inside her hotel room. As Gawker notes, Rihanna herself expressed disdain for Runting, previously writing on Instagram, “I hate these n***** more than the Nazi”.
Despite her international stardom, Lorde is still getting accustomed to the celebrity lifestyle. In an interview with The Huffington Post, she recalls being “papped” for the first time this past August. When asked if she still felt like a “typical teenager”, the 17-year-old replied, “I guess it’s little things like having to get on a plane for work and taking six people with you. That’s not typical, it’s nuts. But I just muck around like any other teenager.”
Below, listen to Pure Heroine’s “Glory and Gore”, in which Lorde deftly lambastes celebrity culture.