pop singer billie eilish accused of queerbaiting in "lost cause" music video

Billie Eilish [photo courtesy]>

Billie Eilish [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa June 15, 2021

Billie Eilish, who is gearing up for a Jordan Brand collaboration, is being accused of queerbaiting in the music video for her latest single, "Lost Cause."

"I love girls," the award-winning singer captioned in an Instagram post revealing behind-the-scenes moments from the shoot. As seen in the music video, Eilish and a group of girls play games and roll around in bed at a slumber party.

"Bro is she saying what I think she's saying?" a follower commented, while others asked: "Are you coming out?" "Uhm this better be you coming out cause I've been simping my whole life." 

Some LGBTQ+ fans have pointed out that Eilish could be queerbaiting – a "strategy used to bait and tease queer individuals" into watching or consuming something.

"Is Billie Eilish bi? Or did I just watch four minutes of queerbaiting done by a straight person?" a Twitter user questioned, further adding: "Let's not forget that she wrote a whole ass song about a guy rejecting her and how she wished he was gay so that he had a 'reason' to not be attracted to her."

Eilish has yet to respond to the accusations officially but has since shared a selfie on Instagram with the caption, "I'm tireeeddddddd."