Kehlani won’t give any artist a pass just because she is a fan of their work.
And that is why the “In My Feelings” singer called out Rita Ora, Cardi B, Bebe Rehxa and Charli XCX for the language used in their new collaboration “Girls”.
“Every artist on the song is fantastic, and very much loved and supported by me… by all of us. but this isn’t about talent. it’s about choice,” Kehlani tweeted. “Hate to be THAT guy but there were many awkward slurs, quotes, and moments that were like ‘word? word.'”
The song features the four women sharing their sexual fantasies involving other women, but Kehlani — who identifies as queer — believes the lyrics were not approached with enough care.
“Don’t make this personal,” she insisted. “I have an incredible song out with one of the artists and would love to work with the other three as well and have met them all and respect them.”
Concluding, “[I] just think certain quotes weren’t progressive.”
Singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko also chimed in, accusing the song of invalidating “the very pure feelings of an entire community.”
The song reminded MUNA’s Katie Galvin of her time as “a young confused bisexual, kissing girls at slumber parties and getting shamed by the other girls for seeming like I was enjoying it too much,” she tweeted. “I hear those girls in this song. i hear the familiar chorus that women’s sexuality is something to be looked at instead of authentically felt.”
Ora’s song was released Friday.