Watch: Billie Eilish Takes Off Her Clothes To Protest Body Shaming
Music sensation of the moment Billie Eilish gave fans, critics and detractors a lot to talk about during a concert in Miami on Monday when she took off her clothes to address the issue of body shaming.
The “Bad Guy” singer’s baggy clothes have been widely discussed since she first made it big and she decided to set things straight at her Miami concert with a spoken-word interlude.
The Grammy award winner took off her shirt and performed a monologue about sexism and body shaming. The pre-recorded spoken word video was played on a large screen to fans.
Some fans shared the full text of Eilish’s speech, which she began by murmuring
, “You have opinions—about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, 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 sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.”
The spoken words also contained:
“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 says in a video shown between songs, as she removes her top and sinks into a pool of black water. “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?”
“If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?”
Around that point in the video, Eilish removed a baggy shirt to reveal a form-fitting black tank top underneath.
Eilish’s monologue concluded:
“We make assumptions about people based on their size,” “We decide who they are, we decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me? What that means? Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
By the end of the clip, the “No Time to Die” singer is pictured peeling off a form-fitting black tank top, exposing her black bra and long, jet-black fingernails.
18-year-old Eilish despite her huge commercial success has never shown her body in service of her art. Speaking with Elle about her sartorial choices last fall, the singer said,
“The point is not, ‘hey, let’s go slut-shame all these girls for not dressing like Billie Eilish’. It makes me mad. I have to wear a big shirt for you not to feel uncomfortable about my boobs!”
Eilish recalled an incident from a few months prior, when a photo of her wearing a form-fitting tank top had gone viral.
“My boobs were trending on Twitter!” she told Elle. “At number one! What is that?! Every outlet wrote about my boobs!”
When reached for comments by The New York Post for comment, a rep for Eilish said the artist would have “no further comment. I think the video says it all.”
Watch the video below:
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