MUNA's Katie Gavin Joins Kehlani & Hayley Kiyoko In Expressing Disappointment in Rita Ora's New Song 'Girls'

Catie Laffoon


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 of bisexuality.?

The singer shared a heartfelt note on social media saying while she respects the artists involved, the track reminded her of 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 of 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 of women loving other women."

Kehlani tweetedevery artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me... by all of us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice.” She added, “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.” Kehlani is featured on Cardi B's track "Ring" off her latest album Invasion of Privacy.

See Gavin's full statement below.


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