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Missy Elliott Reveals That Tweet's 'Oops (Oh My)' Is Not About What You Think It's About

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Missy Elliot performs during the 25th Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 5, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

"We just let the consumers mind create what they wanted."

Missy Elliott revealed in a tweet on Tuesday morning (Jan. 5) that Tweet's 2002 debut single, "Oops (Oh My)," is not what you think it is.

The song from Tweet's debut album, Southern Hummingbird, features guest vocals from Missy, who co-wrote the Timbaland-produced tune with Tweet. And while most of us have been under the mistaken impression that it was about self-love for the past 19 years, Missy is here to say, oops, we got it totally wrong.

"#Funfact this song was never bout Masturbation it was always about her appreciating her Dark Skin (Self Love)when she looked in the mirror it was the listeners that thought it was about sex & just ran with it...," Missy said in reaction to an earlier tweet from a fan who wrote, "Tweet said Masturbation but make it a Bop."

Not interested in ruining a good story, Missy said, "we just let the consumers mind create what they wanted."

That strategy seemed to work, as the song reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002, thanks in part to such provocative lyrics as "Mmm, I was looking so good, I couldn't reject myself/ I was feeling so good, I had to touch myself," which live on the track alongside other languid lines such as "I was eyeing my thighs, butter pecan brown."

In a fan-resurfaced clip, Tweet backs up Missy, explaining that the track was not sexual but about "self love and appreciation... You know I was real insecure with myself for a while."

Having learned the lesson that sex sells, however, Tweet says in the clip that she was also happy to let anyone interpret it as being about whatever fueled their fantasies, even if it was just "a clever way to say 'love yourself.'"

See Missy's tweet below and some of the hilarious reactions.