Being a celebrity may have its perks, but one thing that it doesn’t protect you from is the excruciatingly critical public eye. In fact, it seems it only makes the target more obvious. Singer- songwriter Billie Eilish is taking on the body-shamers that have inspired her modest look in a new short film titled Not My Responsibility.
Set against a black background, Billie’s voice can be heard asking her critics a series of questions, like:
“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?”
Meanwhile, she slowly peels off the layers of dark clothing that she is often seen wearing both on and off stage.
“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?”
Dark, moody and intensely thought-provoking, the video seems to grow in intensity, even though Billie’s voice barely rises above a whisper and remains gently pensive instead of accusatory. As she begins to remove a camisole to leave her in just a bra, the artist begins to sink into a pool of darkness until she disappears for a moment. She then reemerges covered in the inky black fluid that she previously submerges herself in.
As she ends the film, Billie says: “is my value based only on your perception? / or is your opinion of me … not my responsibility.”
Billie has previously addressed the public’s judgement of her and her attire in an ad for Calvin Klein.
She says, “That’s why I wear baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat ass,’ ‘she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”