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Kehlani Says Rita Ora's 'Girls' Has 'Harmful' Lyrics

Kehlani is calling out Rita Ora's 'Girls,' which she felt was insensitive to the LGBTQ community.

The songstress took to Twitter on Friday (May 11) in a thread to express her feelings about the collaboration between Ora, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha and Cardi B. "hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like 'word? word,'" she wrote.

In response to some criticism from other Twitter users, Kehlani expressed that she loves all four of the artists featured on the track, but "just think certain quotes weren’t progressive." When another user began to slam Kehlani's music, the "Honey" singer defended herself and asked to remove the personal attacks: "don’t 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 y’all."

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."