Wow, That Veronica Bayetti Flores (Not Lorde) Is Racist

When you pose as an open-minded “movement builder” but say, “the only radio stations I listen to are the local hip hop station and NPR,” you might as well take back the first statement.  Narrow-mindedness of those in the American media industry is not only a problem but an epidemic, but this is besides the point.

If you’re reading this and wondering who Veronica Bayetti Flores is, you probably haven’t read her recent blog post that has stirred up the question, “Is Lorde’s hit song Royals racist?”  The answer is a quick, no-explanation-necessary and firm “No,” but let’s just break it down for argument’s sake.

Flores writes, “Holy. Shit. What did this white girl just say?”  Note, Flores is the one to pull the race card and start a witch hunt.  She labels Lorde, whose real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, as a “white girl” and the song Royals as “deeply racist.”  She cites another song and states: If you grew up with holes in your zapatos you’d celebrate the minute you was having dough.”  Yes, this self-proclaimed femminist just quoted Jay-Z’s 99 Problems (which clearly says a “bitch” is not one of his problems).

This “particular kind of racism,” as she calls it, is the neglect of “critically (thinking) about the racial implications of the lyrics.”  Which are:

But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.

And we’ll never be royals.
It don’t run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain’t for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler,
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.

And for those of you who need to hear it and see it:

Here we have a young New Zealander magnifying the lifestyle pushed on the youth of the world- not just the United States.  We, the United States, have a global impact and our culture sells the “American Dream.”  To come from nothing and turn into something.  From rags to riches.  Our streets are paved with gold and merely walking them can bring great success and fortune.

This ideology is flawed, yet this gaudy impression of success is what our pop culture pushes.  Celebrating “the minute you was having dough” only means your success is 60 seconds so why not blow it on “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash.”  This is not a “shit on black folks” or a “shit on rappers.”  This is a big, heaping, smelly dump on the idea that this is what 16 year-olds like Lorde should be singing.

This is a dog log thrown at Ke$ha.

This is a stool sample for LMFAO is nibble on.

This is a piece of cow pie for Lil Jon to be “Okay” with.

This is not about the color of your skin pigment.  This song is about the consumer-driven culture that has a choke-hold on the youth of today.

Veronica Bayetti Flores is a no-name lobbyist-hobbyist who needs a reality check, her ears checked and her eyes checked.  She is a hack who needs to step off of Lorde’s shoulders and make her own career on her own merit.


7 thoughts on “Wow, That Veronica Bayetti Flores (Not Lorde) Is Racist

  1. What does Bayetti Flores know about racism or rap music. she’s a middle class wanna be feminist. Stick to what you know Flores, stick to what you know. Championing the plight of African Americans its not your strong suit.

  2. I was shocked that Ms. Flores appears to be under 50 years old. I could see how someone older, stuck in obsolete ways of thinking, could automatically associate those things with “rap” and “black culture,” but the reality is that a lot of expressions of shameless consumerism that were once a hallmark of rap music and hip-hop culture have become much more pervasive throughout society over time: look at the show The Jersey Shore or Justin Bieber “poppin’ bottles” at the club. And when I think of “gold teeth” (and other forms of “ice”), the first thing that comes to MY mind is Paul Wall. Maybe I’m just a little more in touch with contemporary society than Ms. Flores, or maybe she is projecting her own racist stereotypes and associations upon others. What amazes me overall is how someone’s rather ill-informed blog post could cause such an uproar.

    Instead, what I read into Ms. Flores’ post and subsequent comments that I read on the web is that she is an example of the self-centered, “I-can-never-be-wrong,” sheltered adult-child who not only wants to find offense where none exists, but who obviously cannot handle valid criticism of her poorly intended comments (the personal attacks are another story) and goes to absurd lengths to try to defend what is realistically indefensible. The most offensive part of her feeble attempts to defend her position is the narcissistic view that artists should self-censor because some closed-minded, painfully sheltered critic from a foreign country might take offense. Does Ms. Flores apply the same standard to herself, restraining her opinions because someone in, say, Iran might take offense, or is this just a luxury she believes should be extended to those operating from an “American” perspective? The arrogance displayed by Ms. Flores is nothing short of mind-blowing.

    What’s sad about many of today’s pseudo-activists is that many of them, such as Ms. Flores, ignore the myriad of real issues in lieu of fabricating issues that only exist within their own closed minds.

  3. Dear Casey, Thank you for this. Ms. Flores is the one with the racists views here, because I never saw any of this as assault on blacks or black culture. For starters there are enough rappers out there in my opinion that aren’t black and who for me become part of the homogenous description of ‘rappers’ . When people say rappers i dont think “Black” there’s enough ethnicity out there now to break up that stereo type. The songs about celebrity culture in general , not just the hip hop world.

  4. Concur Lorde’s song is about the cultural youth dream. Flores is as useful as her feminist site. Her narrow minded ideas just dilute the facts

  5. Thank you Casey. As an black person I did not like how she “threw the flag” She does not know what it like to be black in America. That’s why I do not buy her claims

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