Why Everyone Needs To Watch Billie Eilish’s Short Film

"If I wear what is comfortable I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a slut"

Billie Eilish has shared a powerful tour visual in which she speaks about the sexism she faces due to the way she chooses to dress.

While Billie didn’t manage to continue with her world tour this year due to current circumstances, she did play a nimber of shows back in March when her short film was then introduced. Seeing as Billie didn’t get the share the visual with the rest of her fans on tour, she has decided to upload it to her social media, in a bid to spread the message now.

The 3-minute video, titled ‘Not My Responsibility’ begins with Billie asking the questions “Do you know me?”, “Really know me?”.

The clip goes on to show Billie unzipping and taking off her trademark oversized hoodie while addressing the issue of sexism and the scrutiny society places her under.

 

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“You’ll have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body.” she says.

Billie’s portrayal is powerful, tackling the subject of body-shaming, she goes on to say that no matter how she chooses to dress she will always be faced with criticism, simply for being a female.

“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 I wear what is comfortable I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a slut. Though you’ve never seen my body, you still touch it and judge me for it. Why?”

The end of the video shows Billie taking off her top and sinking into a black substance – likely symbolising the suffocation she feels when she’s subjected to so much ridicule.

The message behind the short is important to be addressed as still, so many women face ridicule on a daily basis for the way they choose to present themselves. Having someone such as Billie stand up and shed light on something so important is a huge step in the right direction for equality, we can only hope that more artists can follow suit.

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