Billie Eilish’s New Video Is Inspiring a Body-Positivity Movement on Twitter.
Billie Eilish’s oversized clothes have become one of her trademarks. “I never want the world to know everything about me,” she explained in a 2019 Calvin Klein campaign. “I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes: Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven't seen what’s underneath.” In a June 2019 interview with Vogue Australia, she said her style “gives nobody the opportunity to judge what my body looks like.”
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean body-shamer have left the artist alone, which she's admitted to struggling with on multiple occasions. “It was trending,” Eilish told Dazed magazine back in April, regarding an Instagram video she shared of herself in a bikini. “There were comments like ‘I don’t like her anymore because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a whore.’ Like, dude. I can’t win. I can not win.” The singer also recalled a time last year when she was photographed wearing a tank top. “I saw comments like ‘How dare she talk about not wanting to be sexualized and wear this?!’” she said.
Eilish has been facing these critics head-on since her Where Do We Go? World Tour, which kicked off March 9, 2019, in Miami. In a video played during her concert, Eilish undressed while questioning those who judge her body. Fans quickly flooded to Twitter to praise Eilish for taking a stand against body-shaming. “Billie is using her tour as a platform to send a positive statement to her fans by using an interlude about how people’s opinions on her body aren’t her responsibility is so powerful,” one fan tweeted at the time. “I love this woman so much.”
Now, over a year later Eilish has released a version of the tour film on her YouTube channel with the title "Not My Responsibility." At pub time, it was trending number one on the video platform and had been viewed more than 4.3 million times.
Honestly, let's just let Eilish speak for herself. Here's her full poem from the video, below.
"Do you know me? Really know me?"
“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.
“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 I wear what 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? You make assumptions about people based on their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more, 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?"
Eilish fans are currently using lines from the short film to share their own body-positive messages. "I don’t have a lot of self-love towards my body," one user tweeted. "But thanks to a certain green-haired girl I manage to find a little more every day."
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