Rita Ora says she'll keep performing 'Girls' despite criticism from some LGBT artists

Rita Ora says she'll keep performing 'Girls' despite criticism from some LGBT artists

Rita Ora performing at Radio 1's Biggest Weekend. Image: PA

Monday, May 28, 2018

Rita Ora has vowed to continue to perform her latest single despite it attracting criticism from LGBT musicians.

The pop star, 27, apologised earlier this month after the release of Girls was accused of attempting to exploit bisexuality.

Singer Hayley Kiyoko, who is gay, called the song “tone deaf” and said it “fuels the male gaze”, as the lyrics describe Ora’s experience of a fling with another woman, and references to drinking wine and kissing girls.

Ora apologised, saying that the song was an “accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life” but that she was “sorry how I expressed myself in the song has hurt anyone”.

But yesterday at Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend in Swansea, she told The Sun that the song would be staying on her setlist.

“It’s a celebration and it has really come from a positive place,” she said.

“It’s a true journey of my experience. Not everyone shares the same journeys in life. This was just my own journey.

“It wasn’t meant to be speaking up on behalf of everybody in the whole community - it was really just my story, I think it’s that simple.

“I have fun performing it and I’m going to perform it again. I’m going to have the best time.”

Some fans of Ora have criticised Kiyoko and Kehlani, who also voiced disapproval of the track, for “bullying” Ora into having to publicly come out about her bisexuality.

Charli XCX, who features on the track, defended Ora, telling Rolling Stone: "I know that Rita's had extremely meaningful relationships with both men and women.

"She really does have every right to tell her story because she's not doing it from an exploitative viewpoint.

"I don't understand why her story is less valid than anybody else's."

"I know that Rita's had extremely meaningful relationships with both men and women. She really does have every right to tell her story because she's not doing it from an exploitative viewpoint: she's been with women and had relationships with women. She's had relationships with men too. I don't understand why her story is less valid than anybody else's," XCX says of Ora.

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