- Seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter Billie Eilish is under fire for her newest single, “Wish You Were Gay.”
- Fans have accused Eilish of queer-baiting with the song title and of “using LGBTQ people” as a prop for her own happiness.
- During an interview with PopBuzz, aired on Thursday, Eilish said the backlash is thanks to a misunderstanding of the song.
- “It’s so not supposed to be an insult,” she said. “I feel like it’s been a little bit misinterpreted. I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive… The whole idea of the song is, it’s kind of a joke.”
Billie Eilish is under fire for her new song, “Wish You Were Gay,” but believes the backlash is simply due to a misunderstanding.
“First off, I want to be so clear that it’s so not supposed to be an insult,” Eilish said during an interview with PopBuzz, aired on Thursday. “I feel like it’s been a little bit misinterpreted. I tried so hard to not make it in any way offensive.”
In “Wish You Were Gay,” the most recent single from Eilish’s upcoming debut album, Eilish sings about wanting an explanation for unrequited love.
“To spare my pride / To give your lack of interest an explanation / I’m not your type / Maybe I’m not your preferred gender orientation,” she sings in the bridge.
Some fans have accused Eilish of queer-baiting with the song title, having hoped Eilish wrote it for another girl.
Others have said the lyrics are offensive and Eilish is effectively “using LGBTQ people” as a prop to find her own happiness.
you’d think it was about her wishing her girl friend was sapphic but NO its about her wishing her guy friend was gay so she wouldn’t have to blame herself for him not liking her ?? str8 girls are a different breed https://t.co/W22Y4g1Pb5
— minecraft lesbian ???? (@MOlRAIL) March 4, 2019
straight people gotta stop using LGBTQ people to make them feel better about themselves
our sexuality is not a tool for y’all to shift blame onto when someone finds you undesirable
— sad fawn ???? (@singtoconley) March 5, 2019
“The whole idea of the song is, it’s kind of a joke,” Eilish told PopBuzz. “It’s kind of like, ‘I’m an arse, and you don’t love me. And you don’t love me because you don’t love me and that’s the only reason – and I wish you didn’t love me because you didn’t love f—ing girls.'”
“And it could be the opposite way,” she continued. “It could be a girl interested in a girl and maybe that girl likes girls also but she doesn’t like her back. And then it’s like ‘Well damn. I wish you were straight!’ You know what I’m saying?”
Eilish has never publicly identified her sexuality. The teenaged pop star burst onto the music scene in 2016 with her breakout hit “Ocean Eyes,” which originally went viral after it was uploaded to SoundCloud.
She is set to release her debut studio album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” on March 29.
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