The Weeknd is being called out for his "homophobic" lyrics in "Lost in the Fire"
14 January 2019, 13:12
Whew – he reportedly came for Drake too.
The Weeknd dropped his new song "Lost in the Fire" on Friday (Jan. 11) and people think it's problematic AF. In the song's second verse, The Weeknd sings about dating a girl who "might be into girls" and fucking her until she's straight. Obviously, his fans were absolutely fuming and branded the lyrics "homophobic".
On the track, which is a collaboration with French DJ Gesaffelstein, The Weeknd sings: "You said you might be into girls (Into girls) // Said you're going through a phase (Through a phase) // Keeping your heart safe (Keepin' your heart safe, oh) // Well, baby, you can bring a friend (Bring a friend) // She can ride on top your face (Top your face) // While I fuck you straight (While I fuck you straight, yeah)."
People suspected the lyrics could be about his girlfriend Bella Hadid, but even so, the notion that a lesbian or bisexual woman could be "fucked straight" is something that they constantly have to contend with, and it's damaging to the LGBTQI+ community.
i used to joke that listening to The Weeknd was homophobic but the lyrics from his new song "lost in the fire" are actually fucking vile. in 2019 we're still doing "fuck you straight" and calling female queerness a "phase?" pic.twitter.com/xDH3fnNrZv— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) January 11, 2019
everyone’s talking about his drake diss but how about how homophobic and problematic these lyrics are???? being bi or liking girls isn’t a phase and it’s NOT for straight men fantasizing about a threesome 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼 @theweeknd https://t.co/jaTGVfqYEI— Rossi Hayden (@hayfishy) January 12, 2019
Considering how much lesbian sex I’ve had while listening to @theweeknd, I’m very disappointed in the gross “I’ll fuck you straight” lyric in his new song. That’s not just homophobic/biphobic, it’s also something a lot of us have been directly threatened with by scary dudes.— Mary Emily O'Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) January 12, 2019
.@theweeknd’s new song is a joke. Homophobic as shit. “You said you might be into girls. Said you’re going through a phase, keeping your heart safe. Well baby you can bring a friend. She can ride on top your face while I fuck you straight.” Lol what. No.— Laura (@Lauras0424) January 11, 2019
@theweeknd you seem confused. Let me help you out. You can't "fuck someone straight." Also, there's a name for this, it's called conversion therapy. Conversion therapy still happens all over the world. So your new song is not okay, it's homophobic and problematic.— Bri Rex (@bri_rex6) January 11, 2019
Sure, if you’re into homophobia pic.twitter.com/oZF8iPju1y— Derek Johnson (@derek_saasy) January 11, 2019
I threw The Weeknd away years ago but hearing his homophobic ass vile song about lesbianism being a “phase” and he’ll “fuck her straight” while fetishizing his gfs sexuality for his own pleasure is enough to put the whole man in a shredder.— Bee (@ImNotFreddy87) January 12, 2019
so y’all are really out here caring about the weeknd’s fucking shot at drake but not about the extremely offensive and homophobic lyrics???? ok. pic.twitter.com/bA68wfxzqe— jess💐🦋🍒🔮⚜️🌊 (@jess_k_l) January 12, 2019
logan paul and the weeknd are prime examples of how homophobia can manifest itself in such different ways esp as it relates to gender, and how theyre all harmful— jinkies (@mmithloved) January 11, 2019
Of course, that's not the only thing people are calling out about this controversial track. Other people thought the "In The Night" singer was also taking a shot at rapper Drake for keeping his son, Adonis, a secret.
The lyric in question is, "And I just want a baby with the right one // 'Cause I would never be the one to hide one." Now this could actually be directed to anyone, but some fans believe this is a direct reference to Drake, who was rumoured to have flirted with Bella while they were not together.
Drake's secret son was revealed to the world by his nemesis Pusha T on "The Story of Adidon". Drake then confirmed he was indeed a father on "Emotionless", where he rapped: "I wasn't hiding my kid from the world // I was hiding the world from my kid."
The Weeknd is yet to speak out on the song's controversial lyrics but he did hint that his new music will be much darker (and more offensive?!). After churning out pop-friendly hits like "Starboy", he tweeted: "no more daytime music."