Ciara is back in the booth and cooking up an ‘independent woman’ anthem. Last week, the singer teased the track, dubbed ‘For Da Girls,’ across her social media platforms.
“The most dangerous woman of all is the one who refuses to rely on your sword to save her because she carries her own.” – R.H. Sin
Powerful. Independent Woman 💪🏽❤️
— Ciara (@ciara) February 15, 2023
Days later, people remain split on the lyrics, especially the line “this is for da girls that don’t need no man.” Fans and critics online are debating the optics of a happily married woman (heyyy Russell Wilson) praising independence.
In the first preview, Ciara sings:
“This is for da girls that get money, this is for da girls that don’t need no man. This is for da girls that’s in love with their self, this is for all the girls that done did it by themselves. This is for all da girls that i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t, this is for all da girls that be living stress free, this is for all the girls on a mission like me.”
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By the end of the clip, Ciara smiles, complimenting her work as “so good.” And while some fans agreed in her Instagram comment section, others took their thoughts in the opposite direction.
“She’s preaching INDEPENDENCE, not STAY SINGLE!!! You can be independently married or independently single too!! Don’t act slow in this comment section,” @milky868 wrote.
“This is embarrassing to watch a married woman sing a song like this. You do not care about the Black women in your community. You could easily make love songs since you are in love with your husband but you are purposefully choosing to make a doing that will encourage the women in our community to stay single bc you know that’s what sells and makes money. Please make it make sense. BRING BACK LOVE SONGS, and stop trying to rob your community,” @slimbrown__ wrote.
“Us women not playing in 2023 go offff sis we finally learning to put US first and walking away from anything that’s not aligning with our purpose or giving us the desires of our heart and I love that for US let’s goooo,” i_hearttiara wrote.
“Ok I love you Cici but you’re married now let’s change the narrative. We do need men. And it’s not always about money you are a family woman sing about that encourage a generation of wives and mothers but I guess I’ll wait to hear the rest of the song,” @che_che4 wrote.”
“We need more songs promoting togetherness, love and family. We already have enough single ladies, be by yourself music while the entertainers are happily married,” @mslolo247 wrote.”
Twitter Debates ‘Independent Woman’ Anthem While Ciara Continues To Promote Track
The preview has gained over 159,000 likes on Ciara’s Insta-profile and over 4,800 mixed comments. It didn’t help Ciara’s case that about 24 hours before teasing the anthem, she shared a series of photos from a romantic evening with her husband on what appeared to be Valentine’s Day. The images feature her and her husband, Russell–embracing, smiling, and looking in love outdoors and at a rose-decorated, candle-lit dinner.
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Despite the comment section crucifixion, Ciara’s latest tweet is giving unbothered. On Monday (Feb. 20), she teased the song again on Twitter, accompanied by a TikTok of throwback and recent footage of herself and her career.
“This for all da firls that’s in love with they self. This for all da girls that done did it by they self.” –my forever letter to myself,” Ciara tweeted.
This for all Da Girls that’s in love with they self. This for all Da Girls that done did it by they self. -My Forever Letter To Myself -❤️ pic.twitter.com/Iy9T4SxQIQ
— Ciara (@ciara) February 20, 2023
Still, here’s what people on Twitter had to say about the singer’s forthcoming song.
🗣another one cause y’all swear that Ciara don’t love her husband and wants to be single because she’s uplifting you bums!
The husband: pic.twitter.com/M29tcia1XV
— Sadie (@Sadie8876) February 19, 2023
Black American celebrity is disconnected from Black American life.
That’s why Glorilla’s FNF blew up and this never will. Gorillas song is about taking a break from the bullshit to focus on self.
Ciara’s is about going it alone during a time of economic downturn.
Yeah okay… https://t.co/BSA81A1R1q
— UNAVA_46 (@46Unava) February 21, 2023
Ciara has 36 “I love my man and our love” songs go listen to one of them. https://t.co/FefbaSdsCK
— queenvenus 💫 (@MaCherieKee) February 21, 2023
Y’all on Ciara ass bout her song… niggas make songs they don’t live by everyday
— Yamber Rose (@makeamoviehoe_) February 21, 2023
Ciara plz drop this song cus it’s really giving affirmations. And like I do with any other song, I’ll gloss over The parts tht dnt apply to me. https://t.co/1jmWjiHVU1
— The Constance Annan Show🤙🏿 (@blackm0cha) February 21, 2023
Ciara saying “this for the chicks that don’t need no man” should NOT have pissed y’all off this bad. If you need a man then the song isn’t for you. DONT LISTEN. It’s literally so simple
— brandi (@LilMissMemphis) February 21, 2023
I just think it is sooooo corny y’all keep saying artists like Beyoncé & Ciara push an “independent woman” narrative when they have just as many songs about love & needing they man if not more! Yall piss me off sooo so so bad with that wack ass narrative.
— NuThang (@290nunu) February 21, 2023
Ciara has a new song encouraging the single independent girls who don’t need no man to continue chasing the money.
Meanwhile she is married to a very successful man.
Wamempasha mbaya.👏🏽👏🏽 they are waking up finally.
— Eve Maina (@evenmaina) February 20, 2023
Ciara, We want a man. We are TIRED. Recording this & going home to Russell is NUTS. https://t.co/7GjnzITPaF
— omShanti 🧚🏾♀️ (@MotorCityVIXEN) February 17, 2023
Ciara made a song about self love and not letting a man disrespect you and y’all mad cause she’s married? 😮💨
— Wendy Byrde (@mediamami_) February 19, 2023