In a move that would horrify and paralyze with fear every member of the kamera-loving Kardashian family, 17-year-old New Zealand singer and Urban Outfitters version of Rayanne Graff Lorde has taken to Twitter to call out a middle-aged paparazzi she believes is stalking her. Lorde claims in a series of tweets that the pap, a creepy water cooler salesman-looking dude named Simon Runting, has been stalking her around the Auckland airport by photographing her, and refusing her privacy, saying “This should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry.” She also went on to say: “I refuse to stay complicit and I refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear”, adding “I understand that this comes with the territory. I do not understand why I should be complacent”.
Damn, those are some serious words! “Systematically subjecting me to extreme fear”? Is Simon Runting chasing after Lorde in a Leatherface mask, waving some kind of home-made chainsaw camera at her? Maybe chill out just a bit on the “extreme” part of “extreme fear”; he’s taking pictures in an airport, not waiting outside your bedroom window with a machete.
On the other hand, if Simon Runting is following Lorde around as much as she says he is (ie. to the point that she feels it’s getting stalker-y), then he needs to get a fucking life. It’s Lorde, not The Hammaconda. Nobody is foaming at the mouth for EXCLUSIVE pics of Emo Merida pulling her suitcase through customs. Maybe it’s time to roll up the sleeping bag you’ve got stashed in the restroom at the Auckland airport and move on to catching bigger fish (like the elusive great white whale known as The Hammaconda).