Lorde speaks out on 'sickening' police brutality, calls out 'frustrating' performative activism

Lorde has shared her thoughts on activism and the ways in which she's getting involved with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd. 

In one of her trademark emails to fans, the Kiwi musician called out "performative activism" on social media as "frustrating", especially when it came from white celebrities like herself. 

The 'Royals' singer said she attended the peaceful protest in Auckland on Monday to support the Black Lives Matter movement adding that she understood it was hard to "strike a balance between self-serving social media displays and true action". 

"Part of being an ally is knowing when to speak and when to listen, and I know that white silence right now is more damaging than someone's whack protest selfie." 

Lorde "kicked her social media addiction" over the summer, but in her latest correspondence with fans wanted to be clear about where she stood on the issue of police brutality, which has prompted civil unrest across the US and protests the world over. 

"Let me be clear: This ongoing systemic brutality by police is racist, it's sickening, and it's unsurprising." 

The Grammy winner also acknowledged her musical ties with hip-hop, saying it was important for any artists or producers who had drawn on the genre to "let our effected listeners know we're with them when it's hard too, not just when it's easy". 

"Not just when we benefit. We see you, and we're here," she said. 

Lorde said that while she wasn't practising activism on social media, she was trying to help in other ways, such as protesting and donating to bail funds to free unjustly held activists. 

"It's on me to use my resources - resources you gave me, directly or indirectly - to donate on your behalf," she said. 

"To my black and brown listeners - I'm so sorry this is your reality... I hope white people you know are doing what they can to ease your load," she concluded. 

"And I really, really hope systems will change to better protect you."