Rita Ora appears to have responded to criticism of her new song, "Girls," which features Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rehxa. The track was scrutinized for appearing to marginalize queerness, specifically celebrating engaging in same-sex behavior because of intoxication. On Twitter on Friday, queer-identifying pop singer Hayley Kiyoko called the song "downright tone-deaf," explaining "it's the lack of consideration behind these lyrics that really get me."
Ora posted her own feelings about the song on Twitter today, writing "I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey."
"I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone," the statement continued. "Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I'm learning to feel about who I am."
Read the whole statement above.
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