Liam Payne’s New Song “Both Ways” Is An Offensive Characterization Of Bisexual Women
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.
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.”
This song is literally this “ehhehehe you’re bi? so let’s have a threesome” mentality and I’m so disgusted by it. bisexual people do not exist to fulfil your fantasies and I thought that was clear, but straight white men never fail to amaze me. #liampayneisoverparty pic.twitter.com/UNk6UAOJKY
— abbiocco || interlude (@abaghiuru) December 6, 2019
y’all made a fuss about billie eilish not knowing who van halen is but stay quiet when a man is fetishizing bisexual women. liam payne can fuck himself this is why no one listen to his music #liampayneisoverparty pic.twitter.com/c0Hcdt2htv
— ari #InTheNameOfLoveCL (@tinyjiyxng) December 6, 2019
why the fvck is no one saying anything about this? this straight, white male is profiting off the fetishization of bisexual girls? what the hell i’m 17 i h4te the idea of some grown ass man thinking of my sexuality like this please for the love of god trend #liampayneisoverparty pic.twitter.com/YbOYZnenY8
— 𝘈𝘙𝘐: 𝘓𝘖𝘙𝘋 𝘖𝘍 𝘛𝘏𝘌 𝘔𝘜𝘓𝘛𝘐𝘚 || 🏴🏳️ (@angelvmins) December 6, 2019
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.