Hayley Kiyoko Calls Out Rita Ora’s New Single ‘Girls’

‘Girls’ hasn’t gone down quite so well…

Posting on Twitter earlier today, Hayley Kiyoko released a statement regarding a recent music release which is presumed to be Rita Ora’s newest song ‘Girls’.

In the post, Kiyoko stated that the song can be hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community by stating that “every so often there comes certain songs with messaging that is just downright tone-deaf, which does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community,” whilst adding that the message of the song “fuels the male gaze whilst marginalising the idea of women loving women.”

Real talk ????

— Hayley Kiyoko (@HayleyKiyoko) May 11, 2018

Rita Ora’s ‘Girls’ was released yesterday, and features Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha. The chorus for the track sees Ora proclaim “sometimes I just wanna kiss girls,” followed by “red wine, I just wanna kiss girls.”

Joining Kiyoko with a similar opinion on the song, Kehlani and MUNA shared their own thoughts on Twitter.

— MUNA (@whereisMUNA) May 12, 2018

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

hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like “word? word”

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018

Whilst Rita Ora and the other performers in the track are yet to publicly acknowledge these comments, people on Twitter have been sharing their thoughts on the track which border on agreeing with Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko and sharing alternative takes.

yes @HayleyKiyoko! as a bisexual woman this song made me feel more exploited than understood. i love some of these artists, this isn’t a take down this is a learning experience, but we MUST learn from it.

— lily lane (@LilyLaneMusic) May 11, 2018

“I could be your lipstick just for one night/girls just wanna have fun” the idea that women’s attraction to other women isn’t real or serious is a dangerous one and it’s disappointing that this song missed so hard the mark I believe they were aiming for @HayleyKiyoko

— Kara???? (@threefingersup) May 11, 2018

Rita Ora said that it was inspired by ‘I kissed a girl’ which is another song that poorly represents the lgbt+ community. It’s sad that as a bisexual woman, she doesn’t realize the problem with this

— ♏Skye (@jacksepticskye_) May 11, 2018

This song isn’t about being Lesbian though, it’s about being bi. Bi women are so underrepresented outside of the male gaze and I wholly disagree that this song adds to it. It’s fun song celebrating bisexuality. Perhaps you should look at it through our lens instead of your own.

— Michelle Anderson (@MusingofPinhead) May 11, 2018

What are your thoughts on the track? Take a listen of ‘Girls’ below and let us know in the comments box or on Twitter what you think.

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