Billie Eilish’s new music video, “Lost Cause,” was released on June 2nd and has already amassed over 43 million views on YouTube.
However, Billie has found herself on the receiving end of backlash after users on Twitter has accused her of “queerbaiting” in the video.
Lost Cause depicts a group of women at a slumber party, where they take part in water gun fights, play Twister, and cuddle together in bed.
What is queerbaiting?
Queerbaiting is essentially when a TV show, film, or artist hints towards LGBTQ+ relationships or characters enough to gather fans from the community, but then never follows through.
The word “bait” is used because this is perceived as a technique to draw in LGBTQ+ fans, yet only leads to disappointment when nothing is confirmed, or developed any further.
Urban Dictionary defines queerbaiting as: “When an author/director/etc. gives hints, and clever twists to paint a character as possibly being queer, to satisfy queer audiences, but never outright says they are so they can keep their heterosexual audience.”
Billie Eilish accused of queerbaiting following new music video
Billie Eilish has been accused of queerbaiting after the release of her lates music video, titled: Lost Cause.
In the video, Billie can be seen at a slumber party with other girls. When the singer posted the video on her Instagram account, she captioned the post “I love girls,” which led fans to wonder if she was coming out.
While some fans were upset and accused Billie of queerbaiting with her video and caption, others asserted that Billie shouldn’t be pushed to label her sexuality.