It's been weeks since Lorde made her long-awaited comeback and caused the internet to have a collective meltdown with the release her new drunk girl anthem, "Green Light." Coming off the high of its success, the singer stopped by Saturday Night Live this weekend as the show's musical guest and performed "Green Light" and her newest single, "Liability," for the first time. The performance was flawless if you ask me but, as always, some people on social media had some not-so-nice things to say about it — well, her unconventional dance moves, anyway.
Catching wind of the criticism, the 20-year-old pop singer took to Facebook to post the video of her performance alongside a brilliant response to her haters, writing, "green light on SNL **one day i will do a normal dance choreographed by a nice person and i will look more like your other favourite performers but we have not yet reached that day ¯\_(ツ)_/¯."
This isn't the first time Lorde has been nitpicked for her performances. Her dancing was a pretty big topic of conversation after her performance at the 2014 Grammys, with some people claiming that they were freaked out by it. Maybe it's just me, but I actually appreciate watching Lorde perform solely because of her dance moves.
If you're like me, then you've likely been dancing along to "Green Light" since the moment it was released. It's hard not to. The song is upbeat and super catchy, not to mention that watching her jump around in the song's accompanying video was almost kind of relieving, considering she recently admitted to Zane Lowe on Beats 1 that the song is an ode to her "first major heartbreak."
"The song is really about those moments kind of immediately after your life changes and about all the silly little things that you gravitate towards,” she told Lowe. "I realized this is that drunk girl at the party dancing around crying about her ex-boyfriend who everyone thinks is a mess. That’s her tonight, and tomorrow she starts to rebuild. And that’s the song for me.”
Lorde is basically all of us after experiencing heartbreak, and "Green Light" proves that. The energy she brought to her SNL performance or, rather, all of her performances is one of the many reasons why we should embrace her instead of criticizing her.
Dance on, Lorde.