Back in early-March when tours were still happening, Billie Eilish kicked off her massive WHERE DO WE GO? World Tour in Miami, FL. The show not only made headlines as the start of the tour, but for a powerful short film Eilish shared while performing.
The video was a protest against body-shaming and Eilish played it right before “all the good girls go to hell.” In it, Eilish sheds her baggy clothes while delivering a moving message about body positivity. Now, Eilish has shared that video with the world.
Eilish has always been outspoken about body positivity and anti-body shaming. Since breaking through, Eilish has rocked her trademark baggy clothes-style. Speaking in a Calvin Kleins ad last May, Eilish explained her reasoning for the fashion choice.
“I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”
Before now, all we had of this powerful short film was a fan-shot video from the Miami kickoff show. As we know, Billie Eilish was forced to postpone the rest of the tour due to the coronavirus. That means a lot of people that could be helped by this video might not have been able to see it.
Now, Billie Eilish has decided to share it with the world. The film is called “NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY.”
NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY
a short film originally produced for and seen on tour
made by billie eilish
“NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY” Script
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 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?
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?You 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?
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