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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- Brooklyn girls wear “combat boots in the summer” and “they rule the world,” among other things.

That’s according to new artist Catey Shaw and her debut single “Brooklyn Girls” where she pays tribute to the borough’s young women.

After making its debut on YouTube this week, the music video has amassed over 100,000 views and plenty of buzz. While some attribute it’s success to it being a catchy tune, others say it’s because it’s just flat out horrible.

Entertainment Weekly called it the “most hated song on the internet,” while Gothamist put it plain and simple –  it “will make you want to move back to Ohio.”

Critics across the board are panning the pop song claiming it sheds light on everything wrong with Brooklyn.

“It’s really hard to stomach as a representation of Brooklyn,” Dan Ozzi, an editor for Noisey – Vice’s music channel, said of the bubble gum pop song.

According to Ozzi, a Brooklynite himself, Shaw’s “Brooklyn Girls” glosses over the harsh effects of gentrification, making the borough appear to be a non-stop block party with Instagram photo ops.

“The more things you have like this video and Lena Dunham’s show [HBO’s ‘Girls”] you just have more people moving to Brooklyn and it just becomes this huge bubble that doesn’t seem like its ever going to pop,” Ozzi told PIX11 News.

“It seems like rent is gonna get higher and more condos are going to get built and I don’t know when that is going to end, and videos like this are not helping.”

While some may agree with Ozzi’s stance, others on social media took issue with the fact that Shaw grew up in Virginia Beach, having moved to Brooklyn just 4 years ago.

Hashtags and critics aside, what do the people of Brooklyn really think?

“I think she [speaks] the truth,” Massiel Rosario, a Cypress Hill resident said of the Brooklyn tune. “All the Brooklyn girls - they look like and act like what she’s saying in the video.”

Orlenni Jimenez, also of Cypress Hill, agreed.

“I think there’s truth to it,” she said. “I’m a Brooklyn girl, I was born and raised in Brooklyn and the things she says like ‘we hit the streets’ is kinda true.”

“It’s not like she’s trying to make everyone depressed,” Shaun Burton said of Shaw. “Yea we got problems going on out here but do we sit around listening to music to hear the problems?”

“We can watch the news for that.”

Shaw’s management team did not immediately respond to PIX11’s request for a statement on the apparent backlash - or whatever you want to call it.

Considering that “Brooklyn Girls” was closing in on a quarter of a million views online Thursday, it’s clear that a statement was already made.

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