Liam Payne’s New Song “Both Ways” Is An Offensive Characterization Of Bisexual Women

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One Direction fans were fed well today with new releases from Niall Horan and Harry Styles, but the new song from Liam Payne has people fired up — and not in a good way.

The song, called “Both Ways,” is about a girl who “like it both ways” and how he’s “lovin’ the way that she’s turning [her] on.” He says that this “make every day [his] birthday” because “my girl, she like it both ways.” He even says that, and we’re slightly assuming here, watching his bisexual girlfriend hook up with girls is “foreplay” for their own sexual experiences.

Lovin’ the way that she’s turning you on
Switching the lanes like a Bugatti Sport
Nothing but luck that she got me involved, yeah
Flipping that body, go head, I go tails
Sharing that body like it’s our last meal
One and a two and a three, that’s for real

The song is pretty cringeworthy — and not just because the lyrics are cliche and repetitive. In fact, his depiction of bisexual women as a straight, cis dude is just straight-up offensive. It’s like “I Kissed A Girl” (by Katy Perry), but 10x worse. Or make it 100x worse because it’s 2019 and Liam Payne and the people he creates music with should know better. Naturally, the LGBTQ+ community and allies were quick to point out how his lyrics make bisexual women the object for straight guys’ fantasies of threesomes and watching girls hookup because it’s “hot.”

The track is one off of a pretty shaky debut album from Liam called LP1. Luckily, we have Harry’s Fine Line coming next week and Niall’s sweet “Put a Little Love on Me” to stream instead of… this.

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