Opinion: The Blonde Girl’s Turn


Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter all former Disney stars are now involved in a love triangle. Photo courtesy: Getty

Last week, we talked about Olivia Rodrigo releasing her new song “Drivers License.” Many fans figured that she was talking about Sabrina Carpenter and Joshua Bassett in her song. Well, now, we got to listen to the perspective of the “blonde girl,” and let’s just say we can definitely guess that Carpenter is talking about Rodrigo.

On January 21st, Carpenter released a new song titled “Skin” that seems to be a response to Rodrigo’s song “Drivers License.” When I first heard the song, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. 

Carpenter sang, “Maybe you didn’t mean it / Maybe blonde was the only rhyme.”  From there, the audience could piece together that she was talking about when Rodrigo wrote in her song “And you’re probably with that blonde girl.” Carpenter was not even trying to be subtle; she wanted Rodrigo and the rest of her fans to know who she was talking about.

In the chorus, Carpenter sang “And I’m not asking you to let go / But you been telling your side / So I’ll be telling mine / You can try to get under my, under my, under my skin/ while he’s on mine / Yeah on my, on my, on my skin / I wish you knew that even you can’t get under my skin if I don’t let you in.” 

The drama soon started spreading around social media platforms such as Twitter, TikTok and Instagram. Rumors went wild, and many people started believing that this is a publicity stunt between all three Disney stars.

People took to Twitter and TikTok to project how they felt about Carpenter’s new song. From what I saw, many were criticizing her for coming at Rodrigo when Rodrigo called Carpenter pretty and said that she made her feel insecure. In addition, Carpenter was rubbing in the fact that she is with Josh now and that Rodrigo can’t do anything about it. She’s basically telling Rodrigo to suck it up. 

They also pointed out that Carpenter is a 21-year-old woman coming for a 17-year-old teen and that she should know better. 

Others felt that Carpenter had a right to defend herself and speak about how she felt. Many pointed out that Carpenter shouldn’t be receiving hate as she did what Rodrigo did, write a song about her feelings. 

Some said to stop pitting the two girls against each other and that none were at fault.

But let’s be honest, all this drama is pretty entertaining to the rest of us watching from our phones. 

On January 24th, Carpenter took to Instagram to talk about the release of her song. In her caption, she said, “I wasn’t bothered by a few lines in a (magnificent) song and wrote a diss track about it. I was at a tipping point in my life…So I was inspired to do what I usually do to cope, write…I don’t want this to become an endless cycle so please don’t take this as an opportunity to send more hate anyone’s way.”