Earlier this week, Zane Lowe debuted a new Grimes song on his popular program for Beats 1. Entitled “Medieval Warfare,” the track was an older demo flipped into a new piece to support the Suicide Squad film and its soundtrack. Following some misguided descriptions of the songs from certain outlets and journalists, Grimes has decided to clear the air regarding her latest release. Specifically, she took umbrage with the gender implications behind the song’s interpretations. In a since-deleted statement, the acclaimed songstress says:
interesting how the press genders my lyrics
Medieval warfare just came out and i noticed a lot of journalists changed the lyrics from ‘are you hot?’ (gender neutral) to ‘are you hard?’ (implying a hetero relationship – or sex involving a dick) and ‘can you kill a man with your hands? (vaguely misandrist lyric haha – sorry btw, but iunno the song is about medieval warfare which involved mostly dudes and it’s pretty hard to kill someone whilst un-armed with ur hands so it seemed like a cool lyric coming from the perspective of harley quinn. not meant to be pointedly hateful, but that’s what it is) to ‘can you kill someone with ur hands” (gender neutral lyric).
P much every quoted lyric from the song has been changed to make it about sex with men and to distance the song from being about violence against men.
happens all the time. like, until i said something, all the press assumed flesh without blood was about a hetero sexual relationship (its about a platonic friendship with a female friend), etc.
not complaining, just noticing. – Grimes