Lorde Defends Kim Kardashian's NSFW Magazine Cover Because Her Feminist Values Are Legit

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 15: Singer-songwriter Lorde poses in the press room at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 15, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
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There were so many reactions to the now infamous Paper magazine cover featuring Kim Kardashian (and her royal backside) that it was all too easy for some to get lost in the shuffle. Sure, we had Twitter trends like #FixTheInternet to undo the damage that Kardashian's "Break the Internet" claim had caused, but there were also a variety of reactions from fans and celebrities alike, both positive and negative. Lorde's reaction was... bizarre, as the singer simply retweeted Kardashian's link to the cover with the single word, "Mom." When some fans took this to mean the singer was outraged at Kardashian for behaving this way despite being a mother — a sadly common thought on the Internet — she was quick to clear up the mistake. On Thursday, Lorde wrote a defense of Kim K's NSFW cover that will just remind you of why you love her.

Lorde's original tweet about the cover went up on Wednesday when the pictures were released by Kardashian and Paper magazine. Perhaps the reason that the singer's words were misconstrued were because her tweet lacked any smilies or caps or really many decorative bells at all that would have hinted toward a nudge nudge, wink wink type of joke. Regardless of the whys, the fact of the matter is that Lorde was lumped in with the body policers and didn't appreciate it.

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She handled it well, however, when a fan messaged her direction on Tumblr to ask her how she could call herself a feminist and then turn around and slut shame another woman for baring their body. Which is a very fair and valid question that I would honestly like to give that fan a hug for asking. Lorde was quick to clear up the confusion and where she thought wires got crossed.

"Among the [youths, it] is a compliment; it basically jokingly means “adopt me/be my second mom/I think of you as a mother figure you are so epic”... but straight after that I think someone else called out the cover saying Kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash - why should that stop her?" said Lorde on her Tumblr. "If anything I think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a fineass wine, and of course has every right to showcase that."

Honestly, when I saw Lorde's original tweet about the cover, it didn't stick with me. I feel very old now that I've been made aware that the young'ins are now just saying "mom" as a shorthand for begging someone to adopt them because that person is so awesome, but at the time of the tweet I was just confused and didn't bother to linger. I assumed it was some kind of inside joke between Lorde and Kardashian, because Lorde is not now nor has she ever really been the type to slut shame or body police another woman. Her claims to feminism aren't for show — especially in such an egregious and hypocritical way. 

However, while I never thought that Lorde was body policing, it's very important that she chose to respond to her fan and address this issue in such a direct and sweet way. The singer might have stayed true to herself by clearing up the confusion that might have cast doubt on her feminist value, but even better was the way she handled this issue. She didn't get angry or defensive; in fact, she laughed at herself more than she laughed at the question. She even went so far as to reach out to Kardashian to ensure that Kardashian knew how Lorde had meant her original comment, because it was that important to her that Kardashian know she was not being judged here. I think that's absolutely beautiful, but, then again, women supporting other women always brings a tear to my eye.

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