Billie Eilish is tired of critics always slamming her for the way she dresses and not showing off her body. Now, she is firing back with her self-produced short-film called “Not My Responsibility.” In a voiceover, she questions why people feel the need to body shame her in a very vulnerable setting. Take a look at the very powerful video below.
Billie Eilish Says People’s Opinions Are “Not My Responsibility”
In this video, Billie is seen standing in a dark room wearing a black hoodie. She slowly unzips it. “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,” she says in a voiceover. She goes on to say “I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief.” She unbuttons her shirt to reveal a black tank top. “Would you like me to be smaller, weaker, softer, taller? Would you like me to be quiet?” she asks. Perhaps the most relatable thing she says is “If I wear what is comfortable I am not a woman.”
In the past, Billie said she wears baggy clothes so that “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.” No person should ever have to feel this way and should be able to dress however they want without other people’s criticism. She also said that people tell her that she dresses like a boy. The phrase “like a boy” is super judgemental and completely ignorant. Again, the five-time Grammy winner should not be subject to ridicule for dressing in the way she feels most comfortable.
“If I shed layers I’m a slut,” she says as she removes her shirt to reveal a black bra in the video. Her lower half is submerged in a pool of black water as she does this. “Is my value-based only on your perception or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?” she asks as he submerges herself in the black water. When she comes out she is covered in it.
Twitter Loves This Vulnerable Side Of Billie
This short film originally played during her Where Do We Go? Word Tour. The tour has since been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, she is now giving those who did not get to see her tour the chance to see this empowering video. One Twitter user praised the star for “bringing awareness to society beauty standards on women’s bodies.”
Another Twitter user said that Billie is “really redifining and creating a circumstance in which the societal norms placed on women as opposed to where denominating combobulants could be is astounding.”
Another person on Twitter said “Billie Eilish really said f*ck what you think about my body because beauty standards don’t define you or your worth.” People on YouTube also seemed to agree as they sang their praises for Billie in their comments. And a message that one viewer took away from the short film is that “no one in our world should be judging others for who they are, who they want to be, and what they wear.” This is exactly true and the point that Billie was trying to make. Being such a high profile name in music right now, Billie knows that people will continue to judge her value based on her appearance, but it is definitely not her responsibility to try and please these people.
We applaud Billie for speaking out about something that most people, especially young women can relate to. She is setting such a great example for those who may be struggling with what other people think about them. But at the end of the day, it is not our responsibility to change the minds of those who cannot appreciate body positivity. We can only simply live our lives comfortably and the way we want to just as she demonstrates in the short film.