Is "Royals" racism or just a number one hit song?
The debut single "Royals" is the top song on Billboards Hot 100 chart, #1 on Spotify, and the most shared song in the U.S. this year.
But the New Zealand artist Ella Yelich-O'Connor, also known as "Lorde" is under fire after a prominent feminist blogger criticized the 16-year-old for singing racist lyrics.
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In a post on the prominent feminist blog feministing.com, writer Veronica Bayetti Flores took issue with the song's lyrics, in which Yelich-O'Connor sings that "every song" is about gold teeth and Maybach luxury cars - both fixtures of hip-hop music videos - before concluding "we don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."
"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist," wrote Bayetti Flores. "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why s*** on black folks? Why s*** on rappers?"
Outfront: AJ Hammer, host of HLN's "Showbiz Tonight."