Eat That Girl For Lunch

Chappell Roan and Billie Eilish just hit a very gay milestone

Queer folks have been jamming to Chappell Roan’s situationship anthem “Casual” (and solving the mystery of how one gets “knee-deep in the passenger seat) since it dropped in 2022, but the mainstream public is just catching up, thanks to Roan’s meteoric rise in popularity. Roan’s so popular, in fact, that she currently has five songs charting on Billboard’s Hot 100, including “Casual,” her newest entry. 

This week, “Casual” hit the charts at #82, where it joined another sapphic hit that’s been charting for six weeks now: “Lunch,” by Billie Eilish. Seeing two queer women ruling the airwaves is fabulous on its own, but when you take into account the songs’ shared subject matter, the moment gets all the more revolutionary.

On the chorus of “Casual,” Roan famously sings, “Knee-deep in the passenger seat, and you’re eating me out / Is it casual now?” Meanwhile, on “Lunch,” Eilish croons no shortage of suggestive lyrics, including, “I could eat that girl for lunch,” “I’m pullin’ up a chair and I’m puttin’ up my hair,” and “You need a seat? I’ll volunteer.” 

Long story short, both songs are about sapphic oral sex, making this the first time two songs with that subject matter are charting at the same time, as one user noted on X in a now viral post. “2024 is the year of eating box,” another user replied, and the internet was inclined to agree.

The revelation has fans calling for the two to duet on a remix. Of which song? Why not both? Roan has yet to release any collaborations, and one with Eilish would no doubt break the internet.

Some folks pushed back on the idea that both songs are sapphic, saying “Casual” is about a man. To be clear, the gender of the person Roan is singing about in “Casual” is up for interpretation. Yes, she calls them “dude” at one point in the lyrics, but the song’s music video (which is stunning, by the way) features another woman. At the very least, a sapphic reading of the song is on the table, and given that Roan has since come out as a lesbian, she probably wouldn’t mind folks relating the song to their gay situationships.

Regardless, Roan and Eilish’s hits are just further proof that gay girls are ruling the music scene. Alongside artists like Reneé Rapp, Kehlani, and Megan Thee Stallion, they’re leading a new wave in the industry — and giving the world a sex ed lesson in the process.

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