A gaggle of teenage Lorde haters are giving her shit online because her boyfriend James Lowe is not attractive enough/Chinese. We wish we were joking. Apparently the New Zealand cutie told someone, at some point that One Direction and Justin Bieber are ugly. Except no one can find a trace of her ever having said that. All she's ever said (about Justin) is "the influences that are there in the industry for people my age, like Justin Bieber or whatever, are just maybe not a real depiction of what it's like to be a young person."
Fair point, wouldn't you say? But no, says a whole bunch of young people, "You have a scrawny boyfriend who is not of anglo-saxon descent and therefore we must destroy you." The first really public glimpse of Lorde's 24-year-old BF came through an unlikely source; Tyler, The Creator
, who posted the above picture of the couple on Twitter
and was quickly questioned by the kick ass singer.
From there, shit escalated. As Jezebel's
Lindy West wrote, "When couples like Lorde and Lowe violate that tacit social contract (by, you know, just liking each other a lot while being slightly different amounts of "hot"), the response is usually swift, bewildered, and thick with disgust." Which kind of proves Lorde's point about role models perfectly.
While many of the haters don't reference Lowe's background specifically, many do, using gross words like "ching chong." The others either use words that are historically associated with the notion that Asian men = not sexy. Some choice examples of this line of thought include such tweets as "your boyfriend looks like a chinese tbfh," "is he a math nerd or something?" and "come back to us when your boyfriend doesn't look like Psy gone wrong." See more below. Sorry in advance for the brain cells you're above to lose.