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Is Liam Payne's Song 'Both Ways' Biphobic?

Is Liam Payne's Song 'Both Ways' Biphobic?

Is Liam Payne's Song 'Both Ways' Biphobic?

Fans are accusing the former One Direction member of fetishizing bi women in one of his new tracks.


British singer and former One Direction bandmate Liam Payne released his debut studio effort LP1 today, and although the record just seems like your average, run-of-the-mill, pop fluff, online listeners are accusing one of the tracks from the album of being something much more sinister: biphobic.

The song in question is the album's 10th track entitled "Both Ways," where Payne can be heard singing lyrics like "My girl, she like it both ways/She like the way it all taste/Couple more, we'll call it foreplay," and "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."

While "Both Ways" isn't the first hypersexualized song to do it, its fetishization of bisexual women plays into the tired, old view that bi women and their sexualities simply exist for the gratification of their male partners—and that fetishization has violent, real-life consequences.

Obviously, Payne's queer listeners were rightfully not very happy about this and took to Twitter to voice their frustrations:

So what's your verdict? You can listen to the song and its lyrics below, and share your thoughts with us in the comments or on Twitter

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