Billie Eilish kicked off her world tour in Miami on Monday by stripping down to just her bra to make a statement about body shaming.
A pre-recorded video played on a big screen, along with a two-minute spoken word monologue about how she constantly feels judged. And she slowly removed layers of clothing in the video. First her hoodie, then her shirt.
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The monologue of the video says:
“While I feel your stares, your disapproval, or your sighs of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move. Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? … 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,” she continues. “Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it … You make assumptions about people based on their size.” But, “if I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me?” she asks. “Is my value based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
(Profanity Warning: NSFW there’s PROFANITY in the background throughout)