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Hayley Kiyoko Slams Rita Ora's New Song, "Girls", for Being "Tone-Deaf"

Hayley Kiyoko Slams Rita Ora's New Song,

But the song has been met with disappointment from some fans and critics, including queer artist Hayley Kiyoko, who released a statement on Friday (May 11) explaining the issues she has with it.

Kiyoko tweeted a note in which she implied the song fails to "move the cultural needle forward".

"There is a new song that came out today featuring a handful of well-known pop artists that has me overwhelmed with thoughts", she wrote on Twitter.

"I literally have a knot in my stomach right now", she continued.

"Thank you to all the fellow boss women who so kindly graced this song with me - each representing who they are and where they are from", says Rita.

Kiyoko's heartfelt message concludes with "We can and should do better", making abundantly clear her feelings on how pop music should deal with bisexual themes - specifically, by taking a different route than "Girls".

During an interview on the UK's 95-106 Capital FM, Ora said she held on to the song for two years despite performing an early version at her shows.

The Los Angeles native said that she understood "the artists on the song" did not intend it to be interpreted in such a way, but feels that the song's lyrics reflect a "lack of consideration" toward the dynamics of sexual identity. Ora does nowhere near as much running from the ideas her song expresses as Perry did a decade ago. What I love about Ora's song is the idea that liking women isn't bold or wild or fearless, it just is; loving girls is commonplace, fun, and something to be celebrated, not stashed away or justified.

When asked by People magazine whether she considers herself bisexual or fluid, the 27-year-old said: 'I think the way ...

She also sings: "I am excited, I'm open-minded / I'm 50/50, and I'm never gonna hide it / You should know". "That's just how it's gonna be".

On "Girls", Ora, Rexha, Charli, and Cardi proclaim their desire to kiss other women after smoking joints and drinking red wine. "I'm at the point where I don't even know anymore".

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