The hype behind Rita Ora's big comeback song was hit with a snag on Saturday, when some of the lyrics from her new single, "Girls," which features Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha, were deemed as harmful to the LGBTQ+ community. Nearly immediaitely after the song released, musician Hayley Kiyoko called it "downright tone-deaf" and claimed that it did "more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community".
However, it was lyrics such as "Red wine and I wanna kiss girls, girls, girls", that had the LGBTQ+ community talking.
Ora ended her apology by thanking her fans for being a source of support for her, and adding that she wants to do better in the future.
Previously, in an interview with People, Ora had branded the song a "gender-fluid freedom anthem". "I am sorry how I expressed myself in the song has hurt anyone".
She recently revealed she's bisexual as she dropped her latest single Girls, which she dubbed a "celebration of love". She noted, "I know this wasn't the intention of the artists on the song, but it's the lack of consideration behind these lyrics that really gets me".
Ora apologized in a post, saying that she has had previous relationships with men and women. "This type of message is risky because it completely belittles and invalidates the very pure feelings of an entire community". "I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone", Ora wrote. Rita also thanked fans for "teaching me to love myself no matter what". The song in a lot of ways resembles the 2008 Katy Perry song 'I kissed a girl'.
She added: 'It's important for us artists to use our platforms to move the cultural needle forward, not backwards'. I'm not hiding what I am, who I am, if I wanna do this, if I wanna do that.
You can even be bisexual if you've only ever kissed a member of the same sex while you were drunk.
But not every queer experience is identical, and for some queer women, "Girls" may represent their stories a bit more realistically than other snippets of pop culture.