Liam Payne’s new song “Both Ways” is under fire.
Payne just released a new album titled LP1. Get it? There’s a song on it titled “Both Ways,” which finds the former One Direction member singing about hooking up with a bisexual woman and how hot that is.
It caught the attention of members of the LGBTQ community on Twitter. They called Payne out for objecting bisexual women. Based off the lyrics, it sounds like Payne believes bisexual women are only bisexual for the pleasure of men. He sings, “[I] like that you’re different.”
Here are a few more problematic lyrics:
“My girl, she like it both ways / She like the way it all taste / Couple more, we’ll call it foreplay,” and “Lovin’ the way that she’s turning you on / Switching the lanes like a Bugatti Sport / Nothing but luck that she got me involved, yeah / Flipping that body, go head, I go tails / Sharing that body like it’s our last meal / One and a two and a three, that’s for real.”
Sigh. #LiamPayneIsOverParty began trending worldwide on Twitter.
See some of the responses below, then let us know what you think in the comments.
writing a song about how hot it is that your girlfriend likes it “both ways” and making it about threesomes is biphobic and fetizhizing so stop calling it a bi anthem— #hands (@roseapothicaire) December 6, 2019
Who let @LiamPayne put out Both Ways??? Bordering biphobic, perpetuating the idea that bi women are only bi for men?? We don’t Stan— Bella (@BxllaScarlett) December 6, 2019
not necessarily biphobic but his song both ways portrays bisexuality in an objectifying manor and sexualizes it deeply :/— turner (@louvruel) December 6, 2019
Dude, @LiamPayne, I love you a lot but Both Ways is super biphobic and not cool at all. The rest of the album is killer, but please be really careful about your lyrics?? Bisexual women are not there to be fetishised and I’m really upset that you let that song pass. #LP1— Your Dad 🍉🍓🍒🥝 (@i_am_the_dad) December 6, 2019
hot take: i’ve always thought liam’s music was really quite gross towards women but ‘rude hours’ and ‘both ways’ are new levels of gross that i can’t stand for. fetishising bi women is not!! ok!! it’s gross!!— caren is seeing L, H & KP!! (@swtcreaturre) December 6, 2019
maya: liam i’m bisexual…— issy #renewannewithane (@94REDDIE) December 6, 2019
liam: omg that’s ok
liam: No no I don’t discriminate 😊
liam: I Like that you’re Different 😘
liam: Lovin the way that she’s turning you on 😏
maya: what the ****???
I know I have liam stans who follow me but as a bi person the fetishization in his song both ways makes me feel uncomfortable😐— AD♡RES harry | 7 (@hardliqueur) December 6, 2019
After hearing "both ways" where Liam sexualised bi girls, I cancelled forever. I'm sick of him, everyday something new. Bye Liam— Bravery| #WALLS #FineLine – 03/05/14 – 23/05/19 (@bravery1D) December 6, 2019
the lyrics are SO misogynistic and gross. i did like him for a while, but he literally is talking about bi women like objects and saying he’s SHARING HIS GIRL AROUND🤢🤢🤢 disgusting. and people say his lyrics are “so powerful!”— rhi / ADORE YOU (@urielystyles) December 6, 2019