The release of the free-spirited, four-woman “Girls” song featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Charlie XCX and Rita Ora was met with a bit of push back from some concerned individuals of the LGBTQ community.
Beginning with singer Hayley Kiyoko, the song was emphasized for what she deems harmful lyrics that gave her “a knot in her stomach” after listening. The track lends verses to each of the four women flaunting their intimate thoughts about being with other women, as the chorus repeats, “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls, red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.”
California-bred R&B songstress Kehlani shared Kiyoko’s sentiments as well, assuring that her thoughts on the harmful implications in the song were not meant to take anything away from the artists, but the message of the record. Per usual industry controversy, the rhetoric opened up a space for discussion surrounding LGBTQ topics such as fethishization and queer baiting. It also opened up some of the ladies on the song, including Cardi and Rita themselves, who dedicated their respective apologies to any offended fans that’s definitely worth a read.
every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me... by all of us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice.— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018
and don’t make this personal.— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018
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. love y’all. 🤗
Listen to “GIRLS” by Rita Ora ft me @BebeRexha @charli_xcx .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 .— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 15, 2018
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.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 15, 2018
People are over sensitive, the song wasn't such a big deal and it was obviously based on personal experiences.— Glitter Leather Wigs ♂ (@PinkMonsterGlam) May 14, 2018
We love you in our community, and that is SUPER appreciated! Your growth is.... WOW! I love you even more. #BardiGang— Jonathan Allen (@allen_operaboy) May 15, 2018
Some things can be just for fun and entertainment and don’t have to be a political movement. I see your points and how they can be valid but everything is so scrutinized now a days it’s a shame— cardona™✨ (@_bOox2) May 11, 2018
But male artist say harmful things in their lyrics relating to gang violence & etc but why not shame them ? Why shame this song ? Which is made by females ? I just don’t get it .— 🍀 (@MeLoveStrippers) May 13, 2018
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