Cardi B defends controversial ‘Girls’ collaboration
Cardi B returned to Twitter to defend her new song.
“Girls,” a collaboration with Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Charlie XCX, has been called out as “dangerous” to the LGBTQ+ community. Some, including singers Kehlani and Kayley Kiyoko, said the lyrics included “awkward slurs, quotes and moments” and came out “tone-deaf.”
“We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song. I personally myself had experiences with other women…with a lot of women!” the Bronx native tweeted Tuesday.
“I thought the song was a good song and I remember my experience (sic).”
“Girls,” which was released May 11, includes lyrics about wanting to “kis girls, girls girls” and graphic sexual descriptions.
Amid backlash, Ora, who called it a bisexual anthem, apologized and said that the lyrics came from her personal experiences.
“‘Girls’ was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey,” she wrote in a statement on Twitter Monday.
“I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone. I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.”
Cardi also issued an apology Tuesday after an old video of her using a slur for gay women resurfaced online.
“I know I have used words before that I wasn’t aware that they are offensive to the LGBT community. I apologize for that,” she tweeted. “Not everybody knows the correct ‘terms’ to use. I learned and I stopped using it.”