Rita Ora Apologizes Amid Backlash Over 'Girls' Song Lyrics

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Ora, 27, posted a heartfelt message on Twitter Monday in which she explained the inspiration behind the song, which features Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX.

"I'm not hiding what I am, who I am, if I wanna do this, if I wanna do that", Ora told People.

While some people thought the song was Rita's way of coming out as bisexual herself, but artists who identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community think otherwise.

But just like Perry's song from 2008, "Girls" has faced some pretty serious backlash of its own. Popular singers Kehlani and Hayley Kiyo have said that the lyrics of 'Girls' is "harmful" and accused the track of exploiting bisexuality.

"Certain songs with messaging that is just downright tone-deaf, which does harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community".

She added: "A song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalising the idea of women loving women".


Most of the negative responses to "Girls" insist that women don't love women the way that the song portrays.

Ora also added that she has "strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be". A line from Cardi B reads: "I could be your lipstick just for one night". It's a shame that this was the context that she felt she had to come out to the world.

She is now on her United Kingdom tour, which will call off in London at the end of the week.

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Charlotte Day Wilson tweeted that "the queer experience has juuust a bit more depth to it than a drunken, silly kiss or a threesome every now and then". That doesn't invalidate other queer women's more nuanced experiences or artwork.

Ora spoke out about the situation in an interview back in 2014, refusing to draw attention to an infamous tweet from Kardashian suggesting she cheated with 20 different men while they were together.

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