Billie Eilish is a headliner. As one of the greatest music artists in the world, she is heard when she speaks. That usually happens on some of the biggest stages possible, too, and she made the most of her platform during her Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend.
In front of large projections that read “Bans Off Our Bodies,” Eilish condemned the recently passed Texas law that makes abortion “functionally illegal,” such as The New York Times wrote.
“When they made that shit a law, I almost didn’t want to do this show,” Eilish said during her set, as captured by videos from fans“because I wanted to punish this damn place because this happened here. But then I remembered that you are the fucking victims, and you deserve everything in the world.”
“We have to tell them to shut up!” she continued, commanding the crowd to raise a middle finger with her. “My body, my damn choice!”
New Texas law prohibits abortion after about six weeks, well before most women know they are pregnant. Since it took effect in September, after the Supreme Court failed to block it, health care proponents have worried it could be a stepping stone to further undermining or even overruling. Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that established constitutional protections for abortion.
In the past, Eilish has supported Planned Parenthood and spoken out about body image, especially the sexualization of young women and double standards by which they are held.
At Austin City Limits, fellow performer Phoebe Bridgers posted in her story that she was watching Eilish’s set and uploaded a photo of the projections behind Eilish during her law-enforcement sentence. “And then I cried,” she writes.
On Eilish’s own Instagram, meanwhile, she shared a photo in a Glastonbury hoodie along with the caption “2022”, confirming she will headline the iconic, long-running British festival next year. She will be the youngest solo headliner ever.