Billie Eilish tackles body-shaming in new short film ‘Not My Responsibility’
Billie Eilish has released a short film titled Not My Responsibility through her social media channels which is set to deal with the topic of body shaming.
Eilish, who made the film herself, initially premiered the project on the first night of her Where Do We Go? world tour in Miami earlier this year. However, the tour was then postponed following restrictions put in place due to the ongoing pandemic.
“The body I was born with — is it not what you wanted?” Eilish asks.
“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.”
Eilish then ponders: “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?”
As she sinks into the water, Eilish continues: “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?”