Billie Eilish premiered a new song titled “TV” at a concert in Manchester earlier this month, and it featured the following lyrics: “The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial / While theyre overturning Roe v. Wade.”
It didn’t take much research to know that the Grammy winner was referring to the libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The trial was an internet media sensation for weeks, so much so that people seemed to care more about the celebrity drama than about the impending Supreme Court destruction of Roe v. Wade. At least that’s how Eilish saw it.
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“I was in this state of depression, losing my own rights to my own body, and then I went on the internet and it would be people expressing their views on this trial,” Eilish recently told NME. “Who gives a fuck? Women are losing rights to their bodies, so why are we talking about celebrity divorce proceedings? Who cares? Let them figure it out for themselves. The internet sometimes bothers me.”
Eilish’s NME interview was published online on June 24, the same day the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade. The ruling effectively ends federal protections for abortion rights and leaves the issue of abortion rights to the states, several of which are expected to ban abortion. The text has been on the wall since a draft majority opinion leaked the Supreme Court ruling in May to Politico, which happened to be in the middle of the Depp-Heard defamation trial. Despite the leak, Eilish saw the internet focused more on Depp and Heard.
The Eilish song “TV”, which was not on her most recent album “Happier Than Ever”, featured a dig at the internet’s obsession with the process, and the singer didn’t want to wait for her fans to hear it. “I just wanted to go back to my roots: put out a little guitar track again and feel like I used to,” she said. “I just missed that feeling and missed doing a song that no one had heard before.”
As for her eventual third album, Eilish had only this to say to NME: “If I think about it too much, I go crazy. I don’t want the next album to be a specific aesthetic, like “Happier Than Ever” was very one-way for a while. For the next one, I want it to be current and what I’m feeling at the time.”
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