Bisexual anthem cancelled.

Bisexual anthem cancelled.

Out singers Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko are less than thrilled with Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX’s new song, “Girls.” They’re claiming the lyrics are harmful and tone-deaf.


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“Her name is Laura, we learned a lotta / How to do it, like we do it, like we wanna,” Ora sings in the intro. “We just know, we just know / I ain’t one sided, I’m open-minded / I’m fifty-fifty and I’m never gonna hide it / You should know.”

Charli and Bebe double down. “You know I tamed it, and then I named it,” they duet. “I put the lion in the cage and then I laid with her all night (all night) / Her all night, yeah / I’m the hunter and she the prey, yeah / I’m the thriller and the killer / And the saviour, up all night / We up all night, yeah / Do it one more time.”

Cardi also gets in on the girl-on-girl action. “Now I could be your lipstick just for one night / Girls just wanna have fun, they have their funds right / I mean, say my name, say my name, say my name / It tastes good just running up your tongue, right? (hurrr) / I put this smack on your lips all so pucker up.”

Kiyoko wrote an open letter explaining why a song like this does nothing proactive for the LGBTQ community.

“It’s important for us artists to use our platforms to move the cultural needle forward, not backwards,” she said. “I fully support other artists who freely express themselves and applaud male and female artists who are opening up more and more about their sexual identities. But every so often there come certain songs with messaging that is just downright tone-deaf, which does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ communities.”

She added: “It’s the lack of consideration behind these lyrics that really get to me. I don’t need to drink wine to kiss girls; I’ve loved women my entire life. This type of message is dangerous because it completely belittles and invalidates the very pure feelings of an entire community.” Her parting message? “We can and should do better.”

Kehlani doubled down on that. “Every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me… by all of us,” she tweeted. “But this isn’t about talent. It’s about choice.”

“Hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like ‘word? word,’” she added. “And don’t make this personal. I have an incredible song out with one of the artists, and would love to work with the other three as well & have met them all and respect them. There. were. harmful. lyrics. period.”

Ora has since responded. “‘Girls’ was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life,” Ora wrote in an apology note on Twitter. “I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.”


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“Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I’m learning to feel about who I am,” she added.

UPDATE: Cardi also issued an apology. “Listen to ‘GIRLS’ by Rita Ora ft me @BebeRexha @charli_xcx ,” she said. “We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song .I personally myself had experiences with other woman ,shiieeett with a lot of woman ! I though the song was a good song and i remember my experience [sic].”

“I know i have use words before that i wasn’t aware that they are offensive to the LGBT community .I apologize for that .Not everybody knows the correct ‘terms’ to use.I learned and i stopped using it [sic].”

She’s referring to the word “d-ke” used in the song. “My own friends be like ‘I’m a d-ke so i never thought it was offensive word. I was like wtf.”

My thoughts? I don’t disagree with Kehlani & Kiyoko, but I also think Rita shouldn’t have to explain or censor herself. I personally don’t believe the song is harmful. I understand situations like these can be a slippery slope, but it’s not that deep. Can she live?



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