Case in point, Rita Ora's latest pop single "Girls", which features appearances from Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX was meant to be a playful celebration of bisexuality, but some listeners picked up on some potentially "harmful" lyrics and criticized the song for its carelessness over the weekend.
Kiyoko's statement, a longer screenshot from her notes app, made it clear that while she supports the women on the song, it also "fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women".
One particular lyric that riled Hayley was one where Rita Ora sang she'd drink wine before kissing girls.
After a LOT of public backlash over the past several days directed at her new song Girls, it sounds like Rita Ora has finally chose to walk things back a bit.
Today, Rita Ora posted an apology for the song's lyrics on Twitter, and revealed that she had been in romantic relationships with both men and women. "I am sorry [sic] how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone", the "Lonely Together" singer wrote.
"Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls".
In her apology, Ora noted that the song "was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life".
Ora's revelation about her personal life comes two years after her "Girls" co-writer Cardi B opened up about her bisexuality in a 2016 radio interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club. I've taken her off the market. "I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community thoughout my entire career and always will be".
She said the track came after her own relationships with women, and that it was never her intention to exploit the LGBTQ+ community by co-opting queer themes for the song.
Ora has previously had big success with Anywhere, Your Song, I Will Never Let You Down and many more.
She added: 'It's important for us artists to use our platforms to move the cultural needle forward, not backwards'.