Rita Ora releases new single “Girls” with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX to online backlash

Rita Ora is back with her latest single “Girls” featuring rapper of the moment, Cardi B and fellow popstars Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha. “Girls” is a fun and carefree pop banger but it’s causing quite a stir amongst the LGBTQ+ community.

After her four consecutive top 10 hits over the past year, anticipation has been high for Rita Ora’s next single. “Girls” is described by Rita Ora as being a celebration of her love for women. On being questioned whether it should be considered as a bisexual anthem, Rita Ora answered “it’s not actually that deep. It really is just about that. It’s a free message, and for me, really fun. It’s just a fun record.” But is it carefree to the point of it being harmful to bisexuality?

The song’s lyrics have come under fire from the likes of Kehlani, Hayley Kiyoko and Katie Gavin from MUNA for being harmful to the perception of bisexuality and reinforcing stereotypes. We only have to look back to 2008 and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” to see a pop song that was considered as care free and fun at the time but has since become pretty frowned upon. “Girls” does operate in a similar vein to “I Kissed A Girl”. Both are playing on the idea of the curiosity of women in certain situations, i.e. under the influence of alcohol (playing on the idea of “lesbian until graduation”). However, the key distinction is that “I Kissed A Girl” is very regretful and almost apologetic in tone. It feels like we’re being let in on her dirty secret. Whereas, “Girls” feels more celebratory. It’s a shame the lyrics have been slightly careless – the reference to drugs and alcohol seemingly being the cause was perhaps unnecessary and Rita and the other writers should have foreseen a level of backlash to this.

The upshot is, this is just a pop song that will, like “I Kissed A Girl” be confined to its tiny portion of history whether or not its a huge hit. It’s easy to delve into song meanings and make them feel deeper than they actually are. I think at lot of this debate of whether or not “Girls” is harmful for the LGBTQ+ community is probably just academic in the long term. “Girls” will likely find itself confined to the depths of history before too long and I struggle to see this having a lasting impact on the general public’s perception of that community. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Rita, Charli, Bebe and Cardi in the same position of regret Katy Perry finds herself in today within the next couple of years over some of the lyrical choices.



Best songs of Q1 2018: Jorja Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Camila Cabello and more…

We are just three months into 2018 and yet we’ve seen some incredible new song releases from both those already established in the world of pop and some newcomers too. There’s been some great songs, such as “IDGAF” and “Finesse” that were on 2017 albums and ruled the charts in 2018. However, for those purely new songs here’s the best 2018 has offered us in Q1 according to me.

Jorja Smith ft. Stormzy – Let Me Down

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TV Review: The Man In The High Castle Season 2

Last Friday, after 12 months of anticipation, Amazon’s original series “The Man In The High Castle” returned for a second season of 10 episodes. There was a mammoth task this season to answer all of the unexplained questions of Season 1, including that shocking cliffhanger in which the Trade Minister found himself in an alternate reality – one which looks like our own.

For those who are not familiar, the basic premises of the series imagines an alternative history in which the Axis Powers – Germany, Japan and Italy – were victorious in World War 2. The series is set in the former United States of America, which has been divided between Japan (“the Pacific States”) and Germany (“The American Reich”), as well as a neutral zone in the middle, with no overall control by either power. Much of Season 1 is driven by Juliana Crane’s discovery of the Resistance and a mission involving films that appear to show different realities. Season 1 culminated in Juliana allowing Nazi agent, Joe Blake, to escape the Resistance with a much desired film.

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