Australians are no strangers to claiming Kiwi icons as their own, and one Australian TV presenter jumped on the bandwagon this morning by labelling Lorde "Australasian".
Today Show presenter Richard Wilkins, who himself was born in New Zealand, gave Lorde the title when talking about how the 17-year-old songstress was named top of Billboard Magazine's list of influential people under 21.
"Billboard Magazine just named their most influential people under 21 in the business. No. 1? The Australasian Lorde," he said on the Nine Network's morning show.
Though technically Wilkins wasn't incorrect, his cheeky comment prompted a backlash on Twitter from a few taken-aback Kiwis.
"Soz 'straya but we don't get to say 'the Australasian Heath Ledger' no way do you get to say 'the Australasian Lorde', get your own Lorde," one woman tweeted.
Another man asked, "can we have Kylie then?"
Wilkins later clarified his remark was a deliberate joke to play on Australia's "obsession with claiming all things Kiwi when it suits them".
He said everyone would know Lorde was born in Auckland and is a New Zealander.
Other Kiwi stars Australia has tried to claim ownership of include actor Russell Crowe and bands Split Enz and Crowded House.
Lorde yesterday released her first single since her debut album Pure Heroine and it has already had over one million views on YouTube.
The song 'Yellow Flicker Light' was written for the soundtrack of the new film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which the Kiwi singer is curating.
source: newshub archive