Billie Eilish is nothing if not outspoken regarding current events, and her new song “TV” kills two birds with one stone by expressing disgust about both the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial and the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. In a new interview discussing the track, the artist questioned the Internet’s strange prioritization of one case over the other, asking, “Women are losing rights for their bodies, so why are we talking about celebrities’ divorce trials?”
Eilish debuted “TV” at a Manchester show earlier this month, shortly after the court’s plans to overturn Roe were leaked. In the song, she sings the line, “The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial/ While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade.” The young pop star explained the origins of the track in an interview with NME, which coincidentally ran on June 24th, the day the ruling became official.
“I was in this state of depression, losing my own rights to my own body, and then I’d go on the internet and it would be people giving their take on this trial,” Eilish said. “Who fucking gives a fuck? Women are losing rights for their bodies, so why are we talking about celebrities’ divorce trials? Who gives a shit? Let them figure it out on their own. The internet bothers the shit out of me sometimes…”
Eilish also spoke up in defense of abortion rights during her headlining Glastonbury set. “Today is a really really dark day for women in the US,” she said. “And I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it anymore in this moment.”
Numerous other celebrities, including Pearl Jam, Taylor Swift, and Jack White, spoke out against Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, Lizzo donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood, and companies like Disney, Netflix, Comcast, Sony, and Warner Bros. Discovery announced that they will reimburse travel expenses for employees seeking an abortion.