In an interview with The Sun, Rita Ora revealed she wanted to kiss Iggy Azalea at the VMAs. "I said to Iggy 'We should make out on stage and kiss during our performance.' She told me that would be crazy because it’s already been done. Britney Spears and Madonna kissing was my favorite VMA performance ever." Though the kiss would have been welcome for some, I'm totally with Iggy on this. The kiss would have seemed like a direct copy of that infamous Britney and Madonna smooch.
Additionally, straight girls publicly performing lesbian acts is a little tasteless. Britney and Madonna's kiss occurred over 10 years ago (can you believe it?!). The act mostly drew praise for being shocking, as it was almost the first of its kind. However, such kisses have occurred a lot among straight female celebrities. More recently, there has been Miley Cyrus kissing Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne, and Shakira and Rihanna making a sensual music video together. Feminist writer Julie Bindel expressed her anger about such displays in the Daily Mail, calling such "faux lesbianism" damaging and more about marketing and men than promoting gay rights. In a piece for Gawker, Maureen O'Connor hilariously lamented the day when lesbian kisses signified that you were a lesbian.
And it makes sense why Azalea didn't want to do the kiss. While Ora's sexuality seems a little more fluid, Azalea's expressed that she is not a lesbian, and thus has no desire to kiss women. "It's almost like gay nowadays is so trendy that people want to be gay and then they don't. I'm not gay. I love gay people, but I'm straight. I don't wanna kiss girls." Kissing Rita Ora at the VMAs wouldn't have been shocking or progressive; it would have simply been gratuitous.