Billie Eilish’s 3:41-min short film slaps the shammers with a resounding narrative concluding no one should take the responsibility of other’s opinion.
The teen-icon is often vocal about the body-issue and this new shortfilm shouts out loud in her siganture whisper-tone.
In the clip, Eilish can be seen alone, wearing a baggy hoodie and the camera gradually pans towards her in the dark backdrop.
The singer slowly unzips the outfit- a rare revealing for the pop-singer who is mostly seen in signature baggy outfits.
Then she asks a series of questions: “Do you know me? Really know me?” she starts with. “You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body,” she says, all the while gradually undressing.
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“Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it,” she goes on. “… But I feel you watching. Always. And nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move,” she says.
“… But I feel you watching. Always. And nothing I do goes unseen. So while I feel your stares, your disapproval, your sigh 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?” the singer goes on to ask about her perception.
Bille Eilish addresses the stereotypes associated to clothing, telling if I wore comfortable clothes I am not a woman, and “if I shed the layers I am a slut.”
By this time in the clip, Eilish can be seen opening the last outfit wearing only innerwear, standing halfway submerged in water. She says: “but you have never seen my body but still judge it,” and disappears under water.
The ‘Bad Guy’ singer can be often seen addressing body shamming issues through her popularity and platform. The new shortfilm concludes:
“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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