American singer and songwriter, Billie Eilish unveiled her powerful short film, Not my responsibility, on YouTube and social media. The video was originally debuted during the singer’s ‘Where Do We Go?’ World tour, which was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.
In the affecting clip produced and written by Billie, the singer is seen alone in the dark wearing a black hoodie. As she recites her vulnerable, revealing words that slam body shaming and judgemental behavior, she slowly disrobes before sinking into the water.
She addresses people’s harmful and unwelcomed opinions in a voiceover. She starts by rhetorically asking “Do you know me?” and continues to ask a series of questions about how people perceive her and may want her to be and act. “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? And 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 layers, I’m a s*ut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it – and judge me for it. Why make assumptions about people based on their size?”
She concludes the clip saying; “We decide who’s they are. We decide what they’re worth. If I wear more if I wear less – who decides what that makes me? What does that mean? Is my value-based only on your perception? Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?
All the Billie Eilish fans who watched the film were so proud of her for taking a stand against those who shamed her.
Billie Eilish has often used her platform as one of the current biggest pop stars to discuss how toxic body shaming can be.
Last year, Billie explained in a Calvin Klein advertisement that the reason she wears baggy clothes is to avoid body shaming.
“I never want the world to know everything about me”, she said. “I mean, that’s why I wear big baggy clothes: Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know?”
She opened up about struggling with body image issues in an interview with Vogue.
“I just hated my body. I would have done anything to be in a different one,” she explained. “I really wanted to be a model, really bad, but I was chubby and short”.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Billie also said that the negative comments about her affected her so much that they were “ruining her life”.
Billie Eilish has a lot of teenagers and young adults looking up to her. She has set a great example and proves to be an inspiration to all her fans.
Dealing with people’s negativity isn’t easy, but Billie’s making sure people know she’s going to stick true to who she Is – and I appreciate and respect her for it!
Links to above-mentioned videos:
Not my responsibility-
Calvin Klein commercial-