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Kehlani slams Rita Oras bisexual anthem Girls for harmful lyrics

Kehlani slams Rita Oras bisexual anthem Girls for harmful lyrics
Kehlani thinks Ritas song is harmful (Picture: Getty)

Kehlani is calling out Rita Oras star-studded collaboration Girls featuring Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, for fetishising the LGBTQ community.

In the song, Rita sings about being fifty fifty when it comes to her sexuality – but off the record (literally) she isnt so sure.

But while Rita wants her song to be a bisexual anthem, she thinks its narrow-minded to think she needs to be bisexual herself to sing it.

Now Kehlani has taken to Twitter in a series of tweets to express her feelings about the collaboration.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Rita Ora stops by the Absolut Openhouse Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Celebrate Acceptance with Fans, Featuring New Song, "Proud" on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Absolut)***BESTPIX***
Rita said she wants to the song to be a bisexual anthem (Picture: Getty Images)

She wrote: Hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like “word? Word.”

In response to some criticism from other social media users, Kehlani made it clear that she had nothing but love for all the four women on the song but that she just think certain quotes werent progressive.

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Another fan then turned on her own music but the singer defended herself and pleaded for people to not make it personal.

hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like “word? word”

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018

and dont make this personal.

i have an incredible song out with one of 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 yall. ?

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) May 11, 2018

Kehlani was accused of doing something similar with her SweetSexySavage single Distraction.

The user said: you fall into the category of the bullshit shes talking if you wanna do that, sis. You asked a woman to be a distraction cuz you didnt want anything serious now, wanna talk about that?

But the Ring singer, who collaborated on Cardi Bs album Invasion of Privacy denied the allegations.

She replied: I didnt write distraction about needing a woman to be a distraction because i wouldnt take a woman seriously because i am not queer. i wrote about wanting a distraction from my career, but not having enough time for a relationship.

In another tweet, she added: Dont make this personal. I have an incredible song out with one of 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 yall.

Earlier in the day, Hayley Kiyoko also expressed concern over the song, noting that the lyrics does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community … [it] fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving other women.

INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: (L-R) Cardi B and Kehlani perform on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)
Cardi B and Kehlani perform on the Coachella (Picture: Getty)

Rita seemed to respond to critics by telling Billboard that the song isnt that deep.

I just really wanted to show a side of me that just represents freedom and the belief [that you should] really be what you want to be, she said. Its not actually that deep. It really is just about that. Its a free message, and for me, really fun. Its just a fun record.

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When asked by People magazine whether she considers herself bisexual or fluid, the 27-year-old said: I think the way … If people look at it like that, its very narrow-minded, and I dont think thats what this record is. I dont think that that even matters.

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