Rita Ora Teams Up With Cardi, Charli, and Bebe For a Bisexual Girl Power Anthem

Rita Ora dropped her latest single “Girls” featuring Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha this past Friday, May 11th. This star-studded lineup came together to make a sexy summer jam that you will not be able to escape. Rita Ora lets people know that loving the same gender is quite alright, “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls / Red wine I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.”  “Girls” is no doubt a fun, catchy bop that people will be playing all summer long, but there are a few who think the song is not a good representation of the LBGT+ community.

Hayley Kiyoko went to Twitter to express her feelings about the song the day of its’ release. “I don’t need to drink wine to kiss girls; I’ve loved them my entire life”. She also stated “A song like this fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.”  Shortly after Kiyoko’s statement Kehlani chimed in with her opinion:

Kehlani found the lyrics to be harmful “Hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like “word? word”. Even with the backlash by these two artists, fans fought back and defended the four girls.

With all the controversy centered around this song, some forget that “Girls” may help people who are still figuring out who they are come out and accept themselves. The song is still straight fire in my opinion, and although it may be offensive to some people, many may learn to love themselves thanks to Rita and the girls. What do you think of the song? Make sure to listen below and leave a comment or tweet @soundigest. Let us know what you think!

Featured Image: Instagram (@RitaOra) 

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