Lorde Calls Out Scary, ‘Stalking’ Paparazzo

And she's turning the tables.

From flip-flopping journalists to Photoshop, Lorde isn’t one to stay silent when it comes to her feelings on the media.

The latest issue to get stuck in her craw? Paparazzi — specifically New Zealand photographer Simon Runting, who she says is “stalking” her.

“this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. he frequents central akl [Auckland],” Lorde tweeted, including a photo of Runting.

“this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry,” she added. “i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear. i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent.”

Lorde also posted a link to his Facebook page.

Lorde isn’t the first person to call out Runting for his practices. Rihanna has also taken the photog to task in the past, posting a shot he took of her on her hotel balcony to Instagram with the caption: “I hate these n—az more than the Nazi,” a reference to Kanye’s “Flashing Lights.” She later removed the image.

Runting was also the defendant in famous New Zealand privacy case “Hosking v Runting,” in which TV presenter Michael Hosking took on the pap over photos that Runting took of his children.

It’s unclear whether Lorde plans to take further action against Runting — aside from turning the privacy tables.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter for news on cats and punk bands.
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