‘Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller?’ Billie Eilish takes on body shaming

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Videos of the moment are being shared on social media, with people hailing her gesture and stand.  (Source: AP)

Popstar and Grammy award winner, Billie Eilish started her world tour in Miami with a powerful statement. The 18-year-old who is known to wear baggy clothes, spoke up against body shaming. She did that by undressing in public view. She was seen donning a green sequinned shirt, which she took off as a powerful monologue played on stage. "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?" she asked, rhetorically.

 

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Do you 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 sighs 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 what I wear is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I am a slut.
Though you've never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why?
You make assumptions about people based on 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 makes me? What that means?
Is my value-based only on your perception?
Or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?

Videos of the moment are being shared on social media, with people hailing her gesture and stand.

Celebrities, especially female artists are almost always scrutinised for the way they look. Prior to Eilish, many others also took a stand against such insensitivity. Sameera Reddy recently spoke at an event, taking on those who trolled her post-pregnancy, sharing how we ought to celebrate our flaws rather than belittling others.

In an interview with indianexpress.com, Neha Dhupia too had strongly opposed fat-shaming. "I feel that fat-shaming should stop. We as a society need to stop putting ourselves in boxes, and define what’s normal and what’s not. But who defines that? Who actually has the answer to that question, and more importantly it’s not about being a particular size, it’s about being healthy and fit and feeling good about yourself," she had said.