Baby be the class clown, I'll be the beauty queen in tears
It's a new art form showing people how little we care (Yeah)

from Lorde – Tennis Court Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Class clowns, who make jokes, get punished often, and make everyone laugh, care very little of what someone thinks of them.

In a similar example, but a reversal, a beauty queen is typically very concerned about her image. Class clowns and beauty queens are typically the most popular kids of the class, and a beauty queen in tears is very stereotypical action from somebody as vain as a beauty queen.

Lorde’s goal is not to bring art and seriousness to the songs, but to just play teenage make-believe. She only hopes that her innocence and freedom stay intact in a world where celebrities are constantly criticised.

By the second line, Lorde is referencing how in recent years of popular culture, it’s been more attractive to not care, as compared to before.

For example, all of the nominees took a selfie at the Oscar’s. They aren’t afraid to show their true funny and sometimes dirty self to the camera. Not caring is the new thing.

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