If you tuned into this year's edition of the VMAs, you probably saw Lorde's weird performance of "Homemade Dynamite". Why was it weird? Well, she didn't actually sing. She just did a funny interpretive dance.
It turned out that the singer was suffering from the flu at the time so preferred to put on a voiceless performance, but some people reacted very negatively.
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In a recent interview, Lorde finally explained the whole thing and justified her performance.
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“It’s sort of embarrassing to watch someone experience intense joy," she began. "Way more than pain... And I think that’s why people find what I do quite disconcerting.”
“I mean, this VMAs thing... People got, like, so angry about me performing at the VMAs.”
“I just danced. I just danced!" she lamented. "And I danced with full f***ing joy."
"Some people were like, 'We get it, we love it.' And some people were like, 'This is offensive that I have to watch this.'"
Lorde also spoke about the moment when she realized why everyone was so mad.
“And I’m like, ‘Oh. It’s because it’s so private seeing someone experience such joy publicly.’"
“It’s really like, changed my life... being very unafraid of intense joy publicly. And privately," she concluded.
So basically Lorde is still Lorde, and that's cool.