"Girls, girls, girls, girls"
"She getting down with me"
"She getting down with me"
Rita Ora recently revealed herself as bisexual after dropping her latest single Girls, that she titled, a 'celebration of love'.
However, Rita Ora has gained backlash for the 'harmful' lyrics in the pop song, which consequentially resulted in the singer issuing a Twitter apology on Monday.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 14, 2018
The 27-year-old used her avidly-followed social media account to express her regrets about accidentally hurting members in the LGBTQ community, declaring: 'I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone.'
Nevertheless, Ora had something personal to open-up about to justify here release.
Rita made the exposure that the pop song was produced from a personal viewpoint. The Your Song chart-breaker also added: "Hello everyone reading this. Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life.
"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. 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.
"I'm ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself no matter what. I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be. Love, Rita."
Adverse to what her critics see, the song, that features the likes of Bebe Rexha, Cardi B and Charli XCX, seeks to support female empowerment, whilst experimenting with the themes of self-love and bisexuality.
Artists from the LGBTQ community however, including Hayley Kiyoko, have branded the song as 'just downright tone-deaf', stating she believed the song 'does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community', that she was 'overwhelmed with thoughts,' and that 'a song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.'
Kiyoko added: 'It’s important for us artists to use our platforms to move the cultural needle forward, not backwards.'
It's unsurprising then that, during an interview with People, the question arose about whether Rita, of whom has been going-out with the songwriter, Andrew Watt, for more than a year, created the song because it has ties with her own sexuality.
Rita said: "I knew people were going to look into it like that. I definitely said it because I can - and it was one of those things where, if I was 50/50… I'm not saying I'm 70/30.
"I'm 50/50, and I'm not gonna hide it. I'm not hiding what I am, who I am, if I wanna do this, if I wanna do that. That's just how it's gonna be."
In support of her up-and-coming album, the singer is presently leading her third concert tour Girls, which she set off in Glasgow in the week prior.
The lyrics of her video are, indeed, pretty basic, seeming to simplify bi-sexuality to "kissing" and "red wine" which, obviously, would be hurtful to many bisexuals that do not want to be seen in that light.
Rita's new bubble-gum pop song, is a pop song, nonetheless. Shouldn't we expect this?
It's down to you I guess about whether you take the song with a pinch of salt or to seriously feel annoyed about a song that has the potential to be considerably detrimental to perceptions of the LGBTQ+ community.