Well, did not see that coming.
Billie Eilish came out with a powerful self-image message during Monday’s (March 9) opening night of her Where Do We Go? world tour in Miami.
The video, shown below, features the “Everything I Want” singer taking off a hoodie and tank top to reveal a brief hint of her bra before sinking into black water. The accompanying voice over, however, shows that this wasn’t just an attention grab.
“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it,” Eilish says. “Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always. And nothing I do goes unseen.”
“So while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move,” she continued. “Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?”
“If what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?” she asks. “Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
This was a bit of a shock to those in attendance, as the 18-year-old had previously stated the baggy clothes she chooses to wear in public was an attempt to avoid being sexualized.
Watch the message below. Beware, fans were losing their minds, so some language may be NSFW.
Here’s the full transcription also.
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