Rita Ora's New Single
    • TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018

    • Posted by: Elissa Fertig

    After dropping her new single "Girls" with Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Cardi B, Rita Ora has faced some backlash from her fans and the public in general. On the surface, "Girls" is a saucy, bubble-gum, feel-good pop song with a soaring hook, a satisfyingly crunchy rap feature from Cardi ("I'm so sexy I seduce myself") and smooth-as-butter vocal additions from Charli and Bebe. In short, it's a bop.

    But just underneath the surface is potentially damaging homophobic rhetoric that Hayley Kiyoko, a lesbian artist and active member of the queer community, called out almost as soon as the song dropped.

    The chorus goes "Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls girls / red wine I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls". And while at first listen it may seem innocent enough, members of the LGBTQ+ community have been urging people to think a little deeper. In the meantime, Rita Ora came out with a statement about the track apologizing and defending it.

    And Cardi B tweeted, too, in typical Cardi fashion:

    Whether or not "Girls" meant any harm, Hayley Kiyoko and others are constant reminders that the art we make and listen to does, ultimately, have an impact.

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