One Direction Fans On Twitter Are Saying Insanely Racist Things About Lorde’s Boyfriend

1. Last week Tyler, The Creator posted on his Instagram this tabloid photo of Lorde and her 24-year-old boyfriend James Lowe at the beach.

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2. The singer responded to Tyler, The Creator’s post asking him if it was supposed to get a rise out of her.

3. And while Lorde didn’t engage with him over the photo of her at the beach with Lowe, teenagers on Twitter did.

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8. According to Jezebel’s Lindy West, not all of the tweets mention Lowe’s race explicitly, but are still pretty offensive.

When couples like Lorde and Lowe violate that tacit social contract (by, you know, just liking each other a lot while being 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.

23. Lorde never called Justin Bieber or One Direction ugly, but she has been critical of the pop stars. She has called One Direction overrated before and said this about Justin Bieber:

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