Teens Are Having a Racist Meltdown Over Lorde's 'Ugly' Boyfriend

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    Feb 02, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    http://jezebel.com/teens-are-having-a-racist-meltdown-over-lordes-ugly-1479815260

    "Most of the tweets simply call Lowe ugly and/or express bewilderment at the coupling—Lowe and Lorde, it seems, don't "match" in a way that their brains can comprehend. I've mentioned before that I'm in a relationship with someone way more conventionally attractive than me, and the proprietary/borderline charitable way that conventionally attractive women interact with my boyfriend (like they'd be righting the balance of the universe by "taking" him from me) is astonishing. Our culture has a lot of social and literal capital tied up in the idea that conventional physical beauty is the defining factor in successful relationships. When couples like Lorde and Lowe violate that tacit social contract (by, you know, just liking each other a lot while being slightly different amounts of "hot"), the response is usually swift, bewildered, and thick with disgust.

    Even the tweets that don't specifically mention Lowe's race, I suspect, are at least partially driven by our culture's nasty stereotyping of Asian men as unsexy and sexless."


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    Last part is salient. Her boyfriend is like a 3/10 IMO, but I suspect that if Lorde wasn't dating a geeky Asian hipster, but rather a geeky white hipster, (let's say Artie from Glee), it wouldn't have caused a shitstorm.
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    Feb 03, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    Broseph saidPoor parenting.


    Can't be further from the truth. The problem is society, not just a few bad apples.
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    Feb 03, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
    I think they're both kinda meh looking. So neither of them are out each of each other's leagues.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Feb 03, 2014 3:55 AM GMT
    I think the comments and assertions you all are making on the brainless comments being posted criticizing the couple are just as toxic as those.
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    Feb 03, 2014 4:59 PM GMT
    I've never heard of these people. They need a better publicist - interracial dating is so meh compared to drag racing Ferraris.
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    Feb 03, 2014 5:05 PM GMT
    Broseph said
    hentailover said
    Broseph saidPoor parenting.


    Can't be further from the truth. The problem is society, not just a few bad apples.


    Societal change starts at home.

    That's maybe true for the gay marriage debate... Not sure how families can overcome racial inequalities by staying at home though. Most racists don't know they're racist. If they understood what they were doing this world would have a different history.
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    Feb 04, 2014 2:46 AM GMT
    jo2hotbod saidI think the comments and assertions you all are making on the brainless comments being posted criticizing the couple are just as toxic as those.


    Say what?