"Mate just skull the beer!" says my neighbour as something good in the cricket happens for Australia and the crowd at the Gabba roars.
One of the things I hate most about any kind of online ~discourse~ is that it’s always dominated by US voices. They’ll be the same people supposedly being critical of cultural imperialism while lacking the ability to see how anything could exist outside of a US-centric cultural environment. The idea that white artists denigrating “black wealth signifiers” is always racist, isn’t true. It can definitely be racist/insensitive/pious, but you also have to account for the fact that “black wealth signifiers” are increasingly the dominant wealth signifiers in pop culture, especially the music business. If you had Robin Thicke singing about how nobody could touch his hedge fund and Heston Blumenthal lunches the pious criticism would probably be launched at that, but that’s not the case. In Lorde’s ‘Royals’ the criticism of “gold teeth” “grey goose” and “chains” is steeped in the cultural difference between the US and NZ, not white and black. A 16 year old living in New Zealand receiving images from the dominant cultural exporter and them not aligning with her lifestyle, leading her to question how she fits into the music industry.
I also can’t help but to think the fact that Lorde can be so easily dismissed as “a silly young white girl” adds to the problem, when if some thirty year old dude from a washed up punk band made the same point he’d probably be invited to Occupy some wank.
Can people stop saying Royals by Lorde is racist.. Stupidest most infuriating thing ever.