Billie Eilish’s “Lost Cause” music video features the singer at a slumber party with a gaggle of girls, who dance, eat whipped cream, play Twister, and roll around on top of each other, prompting criticism.
One of her followers tweeted after the video came out, “Is Billie Eilish bi? Then again, maybe I just saw a straight person engage in queerbaiting for four minutes.
While some supporters insisted that the clip merely depicted “friends having fun at a sleepover,” the same Twitter user elaborated on why they believed this: “I think why a lot of people are saying that it’s ‘just friends having a sleepover is because sapphic relationships aren’t really viewed as relationships… People’s reactions would have been different if it had been guys involved.
On Thursday (10 June), however, Eilish shared several stills from the music video to Instagram with the caption: “I love girls.”
Many of the statement’s followers were confused about whether it was a coming out or a rebuttal to queerbaiting claims.
The respondent said, “Y’all reading what I’m reading.”
Another user remarked, “Queerbaiting or coming out or girlie appreciation took the wrong way.” We’ll be left in the dark.
Billie Eilish: Is She Lesbian or Straight?
Billie Eilish is definitely not a lesbian. People assumed she was homosexual or part of the LGBT+ community because of her song “Wish You Were Gay,” but she’s always said it was about a male. Billie wished the guy was gay so he’d have an excuse for not pining on her instead of just not caring about her. After learning that the guy was gay, Billie was still proud of her friend despite her sadness.
But she did suggest that you should take the song in any direction that suits you. She explained her position in an interview with Genius: “You can see it as a girl in love with a straight girl, or a guy in love with a straight guy.”
She has often denied being bi or gay in response to questions posed on Instagram. (below) That was in the 2017-2018 booths. We (by “we” I mean “Billie Eilish stans”) have uncovered an old photo of what we believe to be Billie and another female sharing a passionate kiss. (below)
Billie has always had an air about her that we’ve taken to be at least a little bit queer. Certain actions on her part have sent very clear LGBTQ+ signals, which we have noted. You can tell for sure that Billie is a woman by looking at her original TikTok user name, which was “coochiedestroyer5” if you read the news articles from when she initially joined the app.
In the song “Therefore I Am,” she also whispers softly in the background at the final chorus, “oh, you may try girl, I am.” My reading of the lyrics is that the song is about a relationship with a lady that the media discovered and she didn’t want the woman in the relationship to talk about it. This clinches the deal for sure.
How Does an Instagram Caption Make People Believe That Billie Eilish is Lesbian?
Stick your tongue out while making the peace sign with your fingers: fingers against the chin. (Like You’re Putting on A Sex Act, That Is) “2007” has arrived. Friends and you have gathered around a Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot digital camera, and you’ve all just finished flat-ironing your hair to within an inch of its life in preparation for the images you’ll soon upload to Facebook and then delete ten years later.
In retrospect, striking such a graphic position may have been seen as inappropriately offensive. If you were a closet lesbian like me, it was both horrifying and thrilling. In the same way, I don’t mind putting my queerness out there on Facebook if it would get me more likes. That this sort of position was acceptable in the Post-Britney/Madonna-Kiss Era Since, after all, it was just a joke. It wasn’t a major deal. All of that was done to get people’s attention.
This weekend, when adolescent music sensation and possible weather controller Billie Eilish uploaded photographs from the shoot of her newest music video, I was immediately taken back to those days. It’s captioned “I Love Girls” on Instagram. One snapshot features Eilish and another woman with their tongues out.
Quickly scanning the photo, my mind erroneously mapped the v-face hands onto their faces. That would have given some credence to the claims that Eilish shared the photos in an act of “Queerbaiting” if the two had actually struck the posture and the image wasn’t merely a brain response.
To “Queerbait” is to exploit the perception of being queer without identifying as such. Rita Ora’s “Girls,” which also included Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, and Charli XCX, is great—”Great”—recentish example of this. Songwriters including Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani, who identify as LGBTQ, reacted angrily to the song’s lyrical content, which included references to drinking red wine and wanting to kiss women.
I loved hearing “Down with The Scissor” from Cardi B as much as the next person, but the song perpetuated harmful homophobic stereotypes of the LGBTQ community by white, cisgender men.
In an effort to explain the song’s release and why it offended so many people, Ora eventually revealed that she had dated both men and women. (This is a confusing turn of events, as no one, not even a famous person who is acting out, should be coerced into coming out of the closet.)
Since the release of “Girls,” both Cardi B and Bebe Rexha have spoken publicly about their bisexuality and/or “Fluid” sexuality. This is a fantastic example of how queerbaiting functions. If Rita Ora is a straight woman peddling stereotypes about LGBTQ women, she is pandering in the worst possible way. A queer person, however, can achieve the same results if they put their mind to it.
Does Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed a Girl” era of pop sound too dated for the “Girls” lyrics? Sure, without a doubt. However, members of the LGBTQ community are free to use cliches if that is how they feel their experiences best lend themselves to being described. Let them do it if that’s how they want to create art or even just generate money.
It’s acceptable to have reservations about the accuracy of such depictions. But being queer isn’t something that can be turned off at will (though many are forced to do just that, or else face mortal consequences). It’s exploitative when straight individuals put on gay shows for money.