Back in March, Billie Eilish shared a video interlude on tour about the media’s obsession with her body and fashion choices. Now, she has made the full version available.
The film, entitled Not My Responsibility shows Billie Eilish, cloaked in darkness, slowly unzipping a dark jacket and peeling back the layers, eventually submerging herself in a thick, black, tar-like substance. The video is an inspiring manifesto about body positivity and the double standards young women in the public eye face.
Speaking softly in a voice-over in the background of the video, Billie Eilish says:
‘Do you know me? 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 sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I’d never be able to move.
‘Would you like for 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?’
Throughout the almost four-minute clip, Billie Eilish directly addresses what she’s experienced. She talks about how the ongoing conversation around her body and how she chooses to dress is always on her mind but doesn’t define her.
Billie Eilish then ends the video on a powerful note, saying: “Is my value-based only on your perception, or is your opinion of me not my responsibility?”
Watch the full video below: