Billie Eilish Speaks Out Against Texas Abortion Law: 'Tell Them To Shut The Fuck Up!'
is a headliner. As one of the primary music artists in the world, once she speaks, she is heard. That usually happens on some of the hugest stages possible, too, and she took full advantage of her platform throughout her Austin City Limits Music Festival set over the weekend.
In front of large projections that read "Bans Off Our Bodies," Eilish condemned the recently passed law in Texas that makes abortion "functionally illegal
," as The New York Times
whenever they made that shit a law, I almost didn't hope to do this show," Eilish mentioned while in her set, as captured by fan videos
, "because I wanted to punish this fucking place for allowing that to happen here. Although then I remembered that it's you guys that are the fucking victims, and you also deserve everything in the world."
"We need to tell them to shut the fuck up!" She continued, commanding the crowd to raise a middle finger airborne with her. "My body, my fucking choice!"
The new law in Texas bans abortions later than roughly six weeks, well before most females even know they're pregnant. Since it went into effect in September, immediately following the Supreme Court failed to block it, health-care advocates have worried that it might would be a stepping stone to further undermining or perhaps overruling Roe v. Wade
, the landmark 1973 case that set up constitutional protection for abortion.
In the past, Eilish has supported Planned Parenthood
and been vocal about body image
, particularly the sexualization of young females and double standards
to which they're held.
At Austin City Limits, fellow performer Phoebe Bridgers
posted to her story that she was watching Eilish's set and uploaded a photo of the projections beyond Eilish throughout her condemnation of the law. "And then I cried," she captioned.
On Eilish's own Instagram, meanwhile, she shared a photo in a Glastonbury hoodie as well as the caption "2022," confirming she plans to headline the iconic, long-running U.K. Festival next year. She'll become the youngest solo headliner to ever do so.
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