After the response Rita Ora’s recently released Girls got from the LGBT+ community, she has issued an apology on Twitter. Several LGBT+ artists criticised the lyrics openly, calling them harmful.

In her apology the singer said:

‘I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone. I have strived to be a contributor to the community through my entire career and I always will be.’

Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX all featured on the song, which was accused of trivialising same-sex relationships. The lyrics mention red wine and kissing girls, which some thought implied one needs to be drunk to have same-sex relations. Sam Neath, from Bi Pride UK, said the song ‘sounds like it’s undermining bisexuality as a serious thing.’

Ora put up a two-paragraph apology on Twitter, stating:

Many responded positively, with some stating that those with an issue with the song were a vocal minority. The hashtag #WeLoveRita seems to be picking up traction in the replies also.

It’s unfortunate, but she did the right thing and apologised for offending anyone. Bi-erasure is an issue, but in this writer’s eyes, there are far worse offenders. We seriously doubt Girls was made for the sole purpose of belittling bi-culture.

Have a listen and make your own mind up.