MUNA’s Katie Gavin is the latest queer musician to express disappointment in Rita Ora's new single “Girls.” The song, which features Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha, was released on Friday (May 11) and has come under fire for its depiction bisexuality.
The singer shared a heartfelt note on social media saying while she respects the artists involved, the track reminded her when she was “a young confused bisexual kissing girls at slumber parties and getting shamed by the other girls for seeming like i was enjoying it too much. i hear those girls in this song. i hear the familiar chorus that women’s sexuality is something to be looked at instead authentically felt.”
Gavin's statement echoes sentiments expressed by Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani. Kiyoko first spoke out, noting that the song “does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community … it] fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea women loving other women.”
Kehlani tweeted “every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me… by all us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice.” She added, “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. there. were. harmful. Lyrics. period. love y’all.” Kehlani is featured on Cardi B's track “Ring” f her latest album Invasion Privacy.
See Gavin's full statement below.
— MUNA (@whereisMUNA) May 12, 2018