Kehlani is calling out Rita Ora’s star-studded collaboration “Girls,” featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX, for fetishizing the LGBTQ community.
Recently, singer Hayley Kiyoko issued a statement about the song’s “dangerous” message, saying it “belittles and invalidates” members the LGBTQ community. Lani quoted the tweet and wrote: “100.”
The singer, who recently collaborated with Cardi B on “Ring,” addressed the track in a series tweets. “every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me,” she wrote. “by all us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice.”
Following criticism from some fans, Lani doubled down on her stance. “did i not say i love every woman apart 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.”
Lani was accused doing something similar with her SweetSexySavage single “Distraction,” but denied the allegations. “i didn’t write distraction about needing a woman to be a distraction because i wouldn’t take a woman seriously because i am not queer,” she wrote. “i wrote about wanting a distraction from my career, but not having enough time for a relationship.”
She continued by explaining that this isn’t a personal attack on the artists. “i have an incredible song out with one the artists, and would love to work with the other three as well. & have met them all and respect them,” she added. “there. were. harmful. lyrics. period. love y’all.”
Ora seemed to respond to critics by telling Billboard that the song isn’t “that deep.” “I just really wanted to show a side me that just represents freedom and the belief that you should] really be what you want to be,” she said. “It’s not actually that deep. It really is just about that. It’s a free message, and for me, really fun. It’s just a fun record.”