- Billie Eilish scored the media attention she wanted this week.
- The singer took off her clothes in a video for concert-goers Monday. Therefore everybodys talking about her Tuesday.
- In 2020 theres nothing powerful, revolutionary, or even interesting about a video of a woman taking off her clothes.
Billie Eilish got the press to give her a big thumbs up for taking off her clothes in a video for concert-goers on Monday. Somehow, it was an anti-bullying message?
All that bright green hair dye must be soaking into Billie Eilishs brain because that makes absolutely no sense. The media ate it up anyways.
USA Today called it powerful. Vogue called it powerful. AOL, which still exists for some reason, called it, you guessed it, powerful.
Eighteen-year-old Billie Eilish shows a powerful video of herself stripping. | Source: Twitter
Esquire took it a step further, calling it a revolutionary statement.
Revolutionary? Wow. Youve got James Madison and Thomas Jefferson creating representative democracy with substantive due process. Then youve got Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb. And Martin Luther King Jr. giving the I Have A Dream Speech on the National Mall. But dont forget about Billie Eilish taking her shirt off in a video!
Theres Nothing Powerful About Disrobing
When the press unanimously describes something, in the same way, you can be sure its the exact opposite. It sounds like the Emperors New Clothes.
I have nothing against Billie Eilish. If her fans like her music and they like her, thats fine. Shes probably very likable. I have no idea. All I know is shes a singer and has green hair.
But lets keep it real. Its 2020. Theres nothing powerful today about a woman taking off her clothes in a video. Its not shocking, edgy, defiant, or even interesting. Its definitely not revolutionary, and using that term is laughable.
Our entertainment and advertising media is so saturated with women in various states of undress; its practically static at this point.
My Republican grandma couldnt even watch Fox News without Roger Ailes making sure she got a heaping eyeful of thigh and cleavage.
Billie Eilish Sells Out With Shirtless Video
Reading through the popular media takes on Billie Eilishs stunt, its apparent she has up until now kept her body covered up to keep the focus on her music.
That makes this the definitive moment that Billie Eilish sold out. What she was doing before was powerful. A female pop musician just making it about her music and not her body? Now thats revolutionary. This stunt is just more of the same.
The anti-bullying angle makes it plain ridiculous. The video of Eilish showing off her clavicles included a written message:
If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, Im a slut. Though youve never seen my body, you still judge it and judge me for it. Why? We make assumptions about people based on their size. If I wear more, if I wear less, who decides what that makes me?
Have we forgotten one of the internets oldest rules? Dont feed the trolls. Ignoring the trolls would have been powerful. Giving their remarks center stage and then undressing for them? Thats just silly, and probably a capitulation.
It exemplifies the smug virtue signaling culture thats possessed the entertainment industry lately.
Its embarrassing to read newspapers using the alleged anti-bullying message as a fig leaf to cover their prurient interest in an eighteen-year-old girls clavicles. The most powerful thing we can do at this point is to ignore the biased takes of mainstream media.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.