Published May 27, 2020Billie Eilish has shared a short film titled Not My Responsibility, a three-minute monologue about body shaming that she originally debuted at her "WHERE DO WE GO? WORLD TOUR" stop in Miami. Now, the film is available to view everywhere.
Eilish narrates the clip, which sees her wearing a tank top, then stripping down to her bra and submerging herself in black, syrupy water, while she ruminates on how the public perceives her body and autonomy as a young woman.
"You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body," she says in the video. "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."
Despite only recently turning 18 years old, the artist has long been subject to body shaming and comments about her sexuality. Back in April, in conversation with Dazed, she recalled an instance of slut-shaming after posting a picture of herself in a bathing suit.
"I saw comments like, 'How dare she talk about not wanting to be sexualized and wear this?!'" she said. "It was trending. There were comments like, 'I don't like her anymore because as soon as she turns 18 she's a whore.' Like, dude. I can't win. I cannot win."
Earlier this month, the artist was forced to get a restraining order against a 24-year-old man following his week-long, repeated attempts to gain access to her home.
While the North American leg of her world tour was scheduled to run well into May, the entire trek was postponed back in March. Since quarantine began, however, Eilish has been hard at work in the studio with her brother and creative partner Finneas recording new material to follow up her debut record, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which arrived last year.
Watch the short film below.