Okay I’m taking a brief pause from my regular simping over Minecraft youtubers to write a hot take that’s actually serious.
Straight people complaining that certain songs or artists are associated with LGBTQ+ identities is kind of homophobic. I’ve seen so many people I know and people on the Internet act like they have been personally victimised by someone asking if they were bisexual in a tiktok comment section after they used sweater weather, or complaining about how ‘am I not allowed to listen to *insrt artist* because I’m straight’. This is utter bullshit. Someone inquiring politely about your sexuality is not oppressive or rude.
Moreover, the reasons these songs and artists are associated with LGBTQ identities is often for a reason. Sweater Weather is mostly gender ambiguous, and gained popularity during the queer pop wave of people like troye sivan that was popular with bisexual people on sites like tumblr. Hence it became a 'bi anthem’. That doesn’t mean if you like it or use it you’re bisexual, but it means the song is part of bisexual culture.
The same thing goes for girl in red. She is popular and gained traction largely due to lesbian and wlw communities, so obviously she’s going to be associated with lesbians. Does this mean you can’t use her songs or like her if you’re straight? No. But it means that girl in red is an artist that is part of lesbian culture, and to get offended when people link the two is… Kind of homophobic.
Straight people can listen to this music (or indeed do other things that are associated with LGBTQ+ culture) and get defensive because 'oh you’re assuming my sexuality’ and 'I got a comment asking if I was gay 😩😤’. But they are still allowed to get married everywhere, they are still allowed to walk down the street and hold hands with the one they love and not feel in danger of being beaten up. LGBTQ+ can listen to these songs or not listen to these songs, and then be systematically oppressed.
In conclusion: be quiet you aren’t a victim because people think sweater weather is a bisexual anthem. Also, why shouldn’t it be? LGBTQ+ people have so little media associated with them. It’s a fucking song.