Billie Eilish has indirectly responded to body-shamers who have been discussing her appearance after photos of the singer wearing shorts and a tank top circulated online which was taken by paparazzi. One viral post criticising her normal appearance was met with a deserved backlash by the general public and now she has seemingly responded to it.
Following the story being picked up by numerous publications and trending on social media, Eilish then appeared to react on her Instagram stories. She first uploaded a jovial video of her walking past her collection of awards and winking, she then shared a video by Chizi Duru about the importance of normalising bodies — which is a topic that Eilish has been vocal about for some time. In the clip, Duru says, “Y’all gotta start normalising real bodies, okay? Not everybody has a wagon behind them, okay? Guts are normal – they’re normal. Boobs sag, especially after breastfeeding. Instagram isn’t real.”
Eilish even released a short film titled Not My Responsibility through her social media channels in May which is set to deal with the subject. She 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. “The body I was born with — is it not what you wanted?” Eilish asks in the film.
“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?”
Now seems like a more appropriate time than ever to watch the short film.