Fletcher and Shannon Beveridge.
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Lusting over your ex is dramatic sufficient, however writing a attractive tune about your ex’s present partner, properly … it’s giving messy. That’s what X-Factor alum and TikToker Fletcher did on her new monitor “Becky’s So Hot,” from her upcoming debut album Girl of My Dreams. A full snippet of the tune debuted on TikTok on July 12 and instantly set lesbian web communities on hearth. Fletcher — born Cari Fletcher in Asbury Park, New Jersey — identified for her heartbreak-pop and TikTok-ready songs, holds courtroom over a queer nook of the app together with her life-style vlogs soundtracked by her music beamed to 740,000 followers. “Becky’s So Hot” isn’t about simply anyone. Becky Missal is the real-life partner of 30-year-old YouTube veteran Shannon Beveridge, who gained the award for Best LGBTQ+ YouTube Channel on the 2017 Shorty Awards for nowthisisliving, and who used to date Fletcher. Beveridge even impressed Fletcher’s 2020 visible album THE S(EX) TAPES and served because the project’s cinematographer and director. So, it’s no shock that the tune instantly impressed passionate discourse in regards to the ethics of writing sexually provocative songs about your ex’s present lover and the “unhinged” lesbian post-breakup.
The hassle started when Fletcher diehards seen the singer mouthing the phrase “Becky” within the tune’s censored TikTok preview on July 11 — a choice that made it clear precisely whom the tune was referring to. Anyone who’s dedicated to Shannon and Fletcher’s previous is aware of that the 2 saved their four-year relationship out of the general public eye, although their courtship was lengthy speculated. Their breakup was introduced in 2020 upon the discharge of Fletcher’s S(EX) TAPES, after the 2 created a complete visible album whereas quarantining collectively in New Jersey. By all accounts, that album indicated an amicable breakup the place the previous companions may fairly stand to create artwork collectively. The image of amiability was shattered when “Becky’s So Hot” appeared on people’s TikTok For You Page. With lyrics like “If I were you, I’d probably want to keep her / ’Cause Becky’s so hot in your vintage T-shirt / Ooh, she’s the one I should hate / But I wanna know how she tastes.”
Hundreds of TikTok movies quickly emerged using the snippet’s sound, with some criticizing Fletcher whereas others thought the tune precisely described their very own post-breakup messiness. “Thank you fletcher for normalizing being messy and calling your ex-girlfriend’s current girlfriend hot BY NAME in a song,” one person subtitled a video, with the caption studying, “ICON BEHAVIOR LMFAO.” Another individual gave Fletcher a backhanded thank-you for making her previous breakup conduct look much less loopy: “I just want to give a huge personal shout out and thank you to Fletcher … You have made every unhinged action I’ve done in a breakup look completely sane,” they wrote. While an observer known as the tune “stereotypically lesbian,” a extra woke individual thought the tune was “fucking toxic … this kind of toxicity is deeply rooted in misogyny even when it’s two women or two femme presenting people.” That commenter continued, “You’re simultaneously saying you want to fuck your ex’s girlfriend and you want to hit her? … Queer people can suck too. No, [this is] not bad bitch behavior, just bad behavior.” At the time of writing, there are over 1,300 movies streaming on the app using the “Becky’s So Hot” sound.
“An empath would never,” Beveridge tweeted in her first obvious response to the tune on July 12. The empath she’s referring to may very well be Fletcher, who was named V magazine’s “Empath” in 2016. Shady, however true! That similar day, Becky flat-out responded “no” to an Instagram comment asking if she “gave a thumbs up for fletcher to write her new song.” And there was the PR transfer of all of it, which Beveridge alludes to in a July 18 TikTok. “This is not PR that I am a part of,” she says within the video. “This is not a collaboration. Number two, no one asked permission. I just wanted you to hear that from me.” But Fletcher says the tune got here from the heart. “I was in the studio and I was stalking my ex-girlfriend’s new girlfriend on Instagram,” she says in a July 20 interview with Zane Lowe. “I saw a picture of her wearing an old vintage T-shirt of my ex’s and its one that I’ve worn as well. And I’m looking at the photo, and I’m like, ‘Damn, she’s so hot.’ And I accidentally liked the picture … I kept [the like] because you have to lean in. I’m going to own the fact that I was creeping.” A day after the song’s official release, Fletcher requested her “fam,” a.okay.a. her followers, to not throw negativity or touch upon anybody’s Instagram posts. But, uh, for those who’ve dated Fletcher, perhaps go on private.