Lorde is experiencing the fury of social media, unleashed in her direction thanks to a tasteless joke involving some Whitney Houston lyrics and a bathtub.
The controversy was sparked when the 21-year-old “Royals” singer shared an Instagram photo of a bathtub, writing “Day Off” along with the caption, “And iiii will always love you.” (She has since deleted the post.)
For most people who saw the Instagram post, it was impossible not to think Lorde was making a cruel joke about the late singer, who was found dead in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2012.
The backlash was instantaneous, with numerous users of social media blasting her in the comments, and then on Twitter, including Wendy Williams, who issued a sarcastic tweet about Lorde’s unfortunate remark.
Ironically, Lorde performed an emotional stripped-down cover of the Houston hit “I Want to Dance With Somebody” during a concert in Sydney, Australia, following the country’s vote to legalize gay marriage.
After a tsunami of tweets called her out, Lorde offered an apology, claiming the Whitney Houston-bathtub connection never occurred to her — she was just really happy about taking a bath.
Apology or not, check out this sampling of angry tweets from an enraged Twitterverse: