- DEMI LYNCH -
Billie Ellish is known for wearing baggy clothes and not showing off her body.
So you can imagine fans were in shock when a video of the 18 year old taking off her baggy shirt was shown during her concert in Miami.
Why did this happen you may ask?
It was a form of protest to address body shaming and sexism.
For the duration of the video a monologue was played over the stadium speakers.
In the monologue Billie talks about people constantly judging her body even though they've never seen it.
"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?
Would you like me to be quiet?
Do my shoulders provoke you?
Does my chest?
Am I my stomach?
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’m a slut.
Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it.
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?”
Many media outlets have reported on the concert video but have seemed to have just focused on the fact Billie Eilish took her clothes off (basically proving Billie's point that the media is creepily obsessed with her body).
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun reported on the story with the headline "Thrilly Eilish: Billie Eilish seen stripping to her bra as world tour kicks off in Miami."
iHeartRadio reported on the concert with the headline (that was clearly clickbait) "Billie Eilish Takes Off Her Clothes, Bares Bra During Miami Show."
Paper Mag had the clickbait headline, "Billie Eilish Strips into her bra," while ET Canada used the headline "Billie Eilish Strips Off Clothing Layers in World Tour Debut."
And unsurprisingly Just Jared used the headline "Billie Eilish Puts Body on Display in New Video Shown on Tour."
The celebrity gossip site didn't even mention the topic of 'body shaming' in their news article and instead focused on the fact Billie took her clothes off.
On the gossip site it said, "throughout the clip, she was seen wearing a form-fitting tank top that showed off her curves. She then stripped off the top and wore just her bra."
Ever since Billie Eilish rose to stardom the media has been obsessed with her body and sexualising her.
Hopefully Billie's message teaches them a lesson to not body shame women - not now, not ever!
Announcer & Producer of 'The Nasty Woman Club Podcast'
Co-Producer & Co-Announcer of Radio 4EB program 'Fair Comment'