Billie Eilish isn’t afraid to speak her mind. The six-time Grammy winner has always been vocal about her experiences as a young female in the pop industry.
During her Where Do We Go world tour, Eilish released a video interlude during a performance in Miami about the media’s obsession with her body and her fashion choices.
The Bad Guy singer has now released the powerful and poignant video on YouTube.
Not My Responsibility is a strong declaration about body positivity, in the form of an almost-four minute spoken-word short film.
Much like the Be A Lady They Said video, starring Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon, the film fires off against the double standards women face while in the public eye.
In the video, Eilish who is wearing a hoodie, takes it off to reveal a black tank top before submerging herself into water.
“The body I was born with — is it not what you wanted?” she asks.
It’s an incredibly emotional piece and one which is quite striking for an 18-year-old.
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Not My Responsibility by Billie Eilish
Do you know me? Really know me?
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.
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?
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 judge it — and judge me for it. Why?
You make assumptions about people, about their size. We decide who they are. We decide what they’re worth.
If I wear more if I wear less, who decides what that means for me?
What that means is my value-based only on your perception, or is your opinion of me, not my responsibility?