Back in July, just hours after celebrating her first legal drink, Selena Gomez proclaimed “I am becoming a woman” — and in case you didn’t hear her, she sang it at the top of her lungs throughout the daring and very un-Disney Stars Dance.
Since then, she’s come under quite a bit of fire for what some have deemed offensive lyrics —but from the looks of her interview with indie magazine Flaunt, she’s come out unscathed.
In the latest cover story for the oft-controversial glossy, Gomez debuts a chic, Parisian-looking bob cut and gives a woman’s glance to the camera. But being a woman is more than donning sexy lingerie — it’s taking responsibility for your actions, and having the strength to stand up to your detractors head-on.
And that’s exactly what she does in Flaunt. Most specifically, she’s addressing a little comment indie-pop darling Lorde made about her Stars Dance hit “Come & Get It.”
“I’m a feminist and the theme of her song is, ’ ’When you’re ready come and get it from me,'” Lorde said of the hit earlier this year. “I’m sick of women being portrayed this way.”
It’s a statement that Lorde later defended to MTV News —”I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music, and I can’t help but express those, which I think people appreciate,” she said —and it’s one that has been backed up by other feminists. The Stars Dance track is ripe with fodder for feminist fire, after all —she sings “I’ll be sittin’ right here, real patient / All day, all night, I’ll be waitin’ standby” before breaking into the seductive the chorus of “If you’re ready come and get it” — but in her sit-down with Flaunt, Gomez maintained that the “Royals” singer is actually the one holding women back.
“That’s not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That’s my honest opinion, that’s what I would say to her if I saw her,” she said. “I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I’ve done so far… I’m not sure if I’m going to continue that.”