Pop artist Rita Ora has come under fire recently for the way her new song Girls represents bisexuality. After fellow musicians and Twitter users the world over criticized the way it perpetuates stereotypical imagery, Ora posted her own defense of the song, saying it was based on real experiences from her life.
Here's the song, if you want a listen!
After the song dropped, several prominent LGBTQ artists offered their critical thoughts about the track, without calling out Ora specifically:
Songwriter Shura summed up many people's feelings about the song with only one emoji:
Girls. 😑— shura (@shura)1526034245.0
Some artists, like MUNA, felt the lyrics were harmful but used them to inspire a positive direction.
https://t.co/qmoZh0qY9l— MUNA (@MUNA)1526089306.0
After this deluge of criticism, Ora defended her experiences but also apologized.
https://t.co/p53aQxfQg2— Rita Ora (@Rita Ora)1526313359.0
It seems "Girls" won't be the song of the summer Ora hoped it would be, but fans continue to argue on both sides as to whether the track was truly harmful to LGBTQ individuals and, if so, how harmful it is.