Rita Ora Apologizes Following “Girls” Backlash
Rita Ora is sorry. Following the backlash to her new single “Girls” and its potentially “harmful” lyrics, the pop star has issued an apology to the LGBTQ community.
In a Twitter statement, Ora responded to the criticism of the Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX-assisted track, which celebrates bisexuality. “‘Girls” was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life,” she said. “I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.”
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 14, 2018
“Girls,” which Ora co-wrote, received criticism from her peers including Kehlani, who took issue with the lyrics. “did i not say i love every woman apart of this?” she wrote. “i didn’t even say it was a bad song. i repeat AND stand by the fact that certain lyrics weren’t progressive and very problematic. i blame the writers.”
every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me… by all of us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018