Rita Ora’s ‘Girls’

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - – Patrick Ryan

Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about Girls, but for all the wrong rea­sons. Rita Ora’s frothy squad an­them had all the mak­ings of a po­ten­tial song of sum­mer with its ros­ter of boss ladies Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha and it’s 2018-friendly mes­sage of sex­ual flu­id­ity. But back­lash to the “bi­sex­ual bop” has been swift: LGBTQ artists Kehlani and Hay­ley Kiyoko crit­i­cized its tone-deaf lyrics (“Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls”) for im­ply­ing that women hook up with one an­other only when they’re drink­ing. Ora said she was in­spired by Katy Perry’s break­through I Kissed a Girl, which ex­plains why this oth­er­wise-catchy sin­gle falls flat. Maybe next time, leave the male gaze back in 2008?

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