Rita tweeted a personal thank you to the writer of the article "No one should be forced to come out like Rita Ora was, especially when people like Harry Styles get to 'gaybait' without criticism" I didn't find that article to be a good take on the issue. Defending Rita is one thing, but doing so while criticising Harry Styles in the same breath? For all we know, his songs that allude to bisexuality could very well be "his truth" too, so to assume that he's gay-baiting isn't fair in itself. I'm not attempting to wholly drag Rita for everything in this post or my last one. Problematic lyrics and her reaction to the controversy aside, she's only human and I don't suddenly dislike her now. I just feel less endeared by her than before all of this. I will say this though, and it's purely in my opinion... I think her tweeting a public thank you to a writer who has defended her, is veering towards playing the victim, and by extension it comes across like she could agree with the "but Harry Styles though!!" defence. I think I may have reached the point now that I can see it seems unlikely that Rita is prepared to look beyond what she says is her truth, so... I don't know what else can be done really and I should probably stop exhausting myself over this matter (I've only posted twice here about this, but there's also been so many conversations with friends!). I guess I'll just be relieved when she's moved onto a different single. The annoying thing is that on the surface I think Girls sounds like a perfectly serviceable and catchy bop, it's just disappointing to think that even just a slight lyrical tweak could have resulted in something far more palatable, and then this whole mess could have been avoided.