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Lorde calls out New Zealand paparazzi on Twitter, fans follow suit

The singer claims he's been stalking her and subjecting her to “extreme fear." 


Audra Schroeder


Posted on May 5, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 9:07 am CDT

New Zealand singer Lorde recently expressed her disapproval over the scourge of celebrity Photoshopping on Twitter. Over the weekend, she called out another menace to the entertainment industry: paparazzi.

More specifically, she essentially doxxed a New Zealand photographer named Simon Runting, whom she claims has been stalking her and subjecting her to “extreme fear.” She linked to his Facebook page, and provided a photo.

this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. he frequents central akl

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014

his name is simon runting. he took these photos of rihanna at her hotel last year.

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014

this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry.

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014

i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear.

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014

i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent.

— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014

Rihanna expressed her feelings about the same photographer on her Instgaram last fall, when he captured her without makeup on a hotel balcony. Runting was also part of a lawsuit filed by New Zealand entertainer Michael Hosking, after Runting took photos of his infant twin daughters with their mother, without her knowledge.

After Lorde’s tweets starting circulating, so did the hashtag #StopSimonRunting, pushed along by her fandom.

Can we get a restraining order for Ella ASAP #StopSimonRunting

— Vanessa✿ (@RoyalsLorde) May 4, 2014

This Simon dude made a bad choice messing with Ella because now he going to have all of us coming after him #StopSimonRunting

— Karlie (@LordeFanCanada) May 4, 2014

While the thought of angry Lorde fans tracking down Runting, Kill Bill-style, is quite entertaining, she’s making a bigger point about the 24-7 surveillance that’s become the norm in the entertainment industry, with sites like TMZ turning celebrity-hunting into a real-time sport. 

Lorde’s self aware enough to admit this “comes with the territory,” but it’s also easy to forget she is only 17, which makes the stalking even more unsettling. Still, she’s calling out problems that celebrities twice her age are not.

As of today, Runting has not issued an official statement.

H/T The Wrap |Photo via lilianecallegari/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 5, 2014, 2:56 pm CDT