Sabrina Carpenter's 'SKIN' Is NOT About Olivia Rodrigo? Some Think It's Aimed At Hate
"Sabrina wasn’t attacking liv in her song at ALL she was addressing the death threats and [...] hate she received from liv stans." A fan tweets.
24 January 2021 by Fachana Techamaneewat
On January 22, Sabrina Carpenter released a new song, "Skin". Whilst the majority of fans are certain it's about Olivia, others believe it's aimed at haters.
For those who don't know, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Olivia Rodrigo (Nini) released her debut single, "drivers license", which fans speculate is about her co-star and (whilst it had never been confirmed) ex-boyfriend Joshua Bassett (Ricky).
With a few lines, such as "And you're probably with that blonde girl / Who always made me doubt / She's so much older than me / She's everything I'm insecure about," fans quickly pinpointed Girl Meets World's Sabrina Carpenter (Maya) as the girl Olivia is referring to.
Fast forward, and Sabrina released her song "Skin", which the majority of fans believed to be a response to Olivia's "drivers license".
How did fans react?
Although many believe that Sabrina's entire song is directed at Olivia, there are others who think that the majority of it is addressing the "death threats" that she has been receiving after the release of "drivers license".
I "this is disgusting. sabrina wasn’t attacking liv in her song at ALL she was addressing the d3ath threats and all of the hate she received from liv stans [...] If liv is allowed to write about her feelings sabrina is too."
I "Sabrina's song is only partially talking about Olivia, the pre chorus, chorus and second verse are mostly directed to the people giving her hate."
They also pointed out that Olivia's "drivers license" was "very harmful", especially as it gave enough hints to direct fans towards Sabrina.
I "[Skins] was never about olivia, it was about the hate she got bc of olivias song. that one line that olivia put in her song seems very harmful-"
Sabrina's fans are also slamming back at those who said "Skins" was attacking Olivia. They called out haters for skimming over lines where Sabrina's lyrics suggested that the two could've been "friends", and that she'd like to "laugh about it" one day with Olivia.
I "did u even listen to the song lmfao sabrina said that she hopes they can laugh about it soon and she wishes they couldve been friends the negative stuff was directed at the fans sending her hate"
I "let’s make this clear: [...] skin is directed towards the hate that the internet immediately threw at her not knowing anything about her. even the lyric “i just hope that one day, we both can laugh about it” shows it."
Finally, they pointed out that Olivia had done nothing to stop the hate towards Joshua or Sabrina. They added that if Olivia chose to write a song that involved other people, she should think about the consequences to those involved.
I "[...] she needs to think about her song making Sabrina receive hate and death treats, If she wanna release a song that involve people, she has to think about the consequences."
I "Well, it's not Sabrina's fault that Olivia is still in love in her ex. But yet again, Sabrina is targeted for something that's not her fault. And she have the right to speak and make a song about it. Olivia could tweet or say something to stop the hate train, but she didn't."
Sabrina also seems to reference these "consequences" in "Skins" with the lyrics: "Maybe then we could pretend, there's no gravity in the words we write."
At the time of writing, Sabrina's "Skin" has amassed 5.1 million views in less than 3 days.
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.