Singer Liam Payne Under Fire from LGBTQ People Over Lyrics to New Song

Monday December 9, 2019

U.K. singer Liam Payne released his very first solo album last week, following the breakup of One Direction in 2016 but he's coming under fire from the LGBTQ community who deem one of his songs problematic towards bisexual people, according to the BBC.

"LP1" was released Friday but it's the song "Both Ways" that has people talking and drawing criticism. Specifically, its lyrics:

"My girl, she like it both ways / She like the way it all taste / Couple more, we'll call it foreplay / No, no, I don't discriminate."

A number of people on Twitter say the song reinforces bisexual stereotypes.

"As a woman who exists on dating apps you get pretty tired very quickly of people asking things about threesomes, and his lyrics very much reinforce those stereotypes," Meg Murphy of the Bi-Pride UK group told the BBC.

She went on to say that bisexual women are only seen as valid "when they're performing for the male gaze or when men can join in with threesomes".

"The song shames bi women for being sexual while simultaneously condoning such sexual expression when it's carried out to the straight male gaze," Murphy, 24, told the BBC. "If people who are young and impressionable and still questioning their identity hear lyrics like that, they then think they have to perform in that way - and if they don't, that poses a risk to their lives."

It's not the place of straight men to talk about bi issues unless they have lived experiences or they are an active ally and as far as I am aware Liam Payne has not been an ally of the LGBT community," she went on to say.

E! News reports that the hashtag #LiamPayneIsOverParty began trending on Twitter after people voiced criticisms of "Both Ways." One tweet that earned over 8,600 likes and 1,500 retweets calls out Payne for making the LGBTQ community his "fetish."

Another tweet that earned over 13,200 likes and 3,500 retweets also calls out the singer for fetishizing bisexuality.

Payne has not responded to the backlash.

Find the viral tweet along with other responses below. Listen to "Both Ways," also below.

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