Some of Eilish's LGBTQ fans took issue with the song, accusing the singer of gay-baiting her audience with its title then using queer men as props for its lyrical content.
The singer responded to the backlash in an interview with Pop Buzz
during which she said that the song has been misinterpreted and she'd tried hard not to make it offensive. Eilish added: "The whole idea of the song is, it's kind of a joke. It's kind of like, 'I'm an ass and you don't love me.' And you don't love me because you don't love me and that's the only reason and I wish you didn't love me because you didn't love girls."
The singer went on to say she could have written the song the opposite way and it would have had the same meaning. "It could be a girl interested in a girl and maybe that girl likes girls also but she doesn't like her back," Eilish said. "And then it's like, 'Well damn. I wish you were straight!' You know what I'm saying, it could be exactly the other way. I wish you were straight because you didn't like me because you like boys."