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New Zealander Lorde's hit song "Royals" has been accused by an American blogger of having racist lyrics.
Veronica Bayetti Flores feels that the lyrics in "Royals" are "deeply racist," CNN reports.
Flores chastised the 16-year-old's lyrics, saying that all her songs are about luxury items and gold teeth. "While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist."
The blogger adds, "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why sh*t on black folks? Why sh*t on rappers?"
There has been backlash against Flores, who isn't backing down from her critique, by other critics and Lorde's fans. New Zealand journalist Lynda Brendish wrote a response saying, "I realize not everything in this world is an instrument of oppression, and not everything in this world should be viewed through the lens of Americans, particularly when it comes to race and cultures of other countries. To insist otherwise is ignorant at best and imperialistic at worst."
While the song has its detractors, there clearly aren't that many, as the song continues to top Billboard's Hot 100. The song has been at the top of the On-Demand Songs chart for two weeks now.
"Royals" also sits atop other charts, such as the Hot Rock Songs chart, where it has been for six weeks.