Cardi B and Rita Ora apologize for “Girls” track that offended some LGBT fans

Both ladies apologized to the LGBT community.

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Cardi B takes it to the road on The Late Late Show with James Corden. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)


Cardi B and Rita Ora may have thought they had a hit on their hands when they dropped their collaboration track, “Girls” last week, but the single offended tons of fans and prompted both ladies to issue separate apologies.

The track also features Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, and features lyrics like: “I’m 50/50, and I’m never gonna hide it” and “Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.”

The track is meant to take a flirtatious tone about hooking up with other women, with Cardi B rapping  “Now I could be your lipstick, just for one night … I steal your bitch, have her down with the scissor / Tonight, I don’t want a dog, I want a kitten / I might French a girl from Great Britain.”

After the release on Friday, several fans and a few LGBT artists like Kehlani slammed the song for being exploitative.

Cardi B took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to shed light on her intentions and even offered up some information about her past relationships with women.

“Listen to “GIRLS” by Rita Ora ft me @BebeRexha @charli_xcx. We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song. I personally myself had experiences with other [women], shiieeett with a lot of [women]! I [thought] the song was a good song and i remember my experience,” she posted.

She also took ownership of offensive comments she has made in the past and said she has worked hard to change her ways when it comes to using offensive language. (Cardi B came under fire before for using the “D” word while referring to lesbians.)

“I know i have use words before that i wasn’t aware that they are offensive to the LGBT community. I apologize for that. Not everybody knows the correct ‘terms’ to use. I learned and i stopped using it,” Cardi continued. “My own friends be like ‘I’m a d— so i never thought it was [an] offensive word. I was like wtf.”

Rita Ora shared a similar sentiment on Monday when she issued an apology to fans who were “hurt” by her latest offering on social media and came out as bi-sexual in the process.

“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. … 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,” she wrote.

What do you think about the ladies’ apologies?