Billie Eilish slammed the state of Texas over its recent controversial abortion law by stopping her performance midway at Austin City Limits over the weekend.
On the Austin City Limits 2021 stage, Billie Eilish revealed that she had partly wanted to cancel her appearance at the Texas music festival in protest against the state’s restrictive new abortion law. However, she made it for her fans.
The law that Texas enacted in September prohibits abortions after around six weeks, when cardiac activity is detected, but at which time many women are not even aware they are pregnant. The law does not make exceptions for rape or incest and very few for health reasons. It also employs a controversial method of enforcement that allows private citizens to sue abortion providers who violate the law, as well as anyone who aids a woman in obtaining an abortion, for $10,000 or more.
“When they made that s— a law, I almost didn’t want to do the show because I wanted to punish this f—ing place for allowing that to happen here,” Billie Eilish can be heard saying on the ACL Fest stage at Zilker Park on October 2 in a video clip filmed by fans.
“But then I remembered that it’s you guys that are the f—ing victims, and you deserve everything in the world. And we need to tell them to shut the f— up,” she told the crowd, adding, “My body, my f—ing choice!”
The move by Billie Eilish seemed planned as the words addressing the abortion law- “Bans Off Our Bodies” flashed on the screen behind her.
While the 19-year-old star rocked the stage at ACL, another surprise awaits Eilish fans.
The singer has unveiled Australian arena dates for next year. Eilish will begin the first leg of the tour in Sydney on September 13, before heading to Brisbane, Melbourne, and then ending it in Perth on September 29.
Tickets to Billie’s Happier Than Ever tour, which is an all-ages event, go on sale on October 15, with pre-sales starting on October 11.
“It’s just gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be jumping and screaming and getting low,’ Billie said. “It’s gonna be so much fun. I cannot wait.”
Billie last played in Australia in 2018. At the time, she also performed in Brisbane, as apart of St. Jerome’s Lane Way Festival.
Last week she also delighted fans by announcing that she would be the youngest ever performer to headline at a prestigious music event, the Glastonbury festival.
The Lost Cause star teased fans by sharing a selfie on her Instagram Story sporting a Glastonbury festival hoodie with Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm emblazoned across it. She then sparked major speculation she is performing at the world-famous music extravaganza in Somerset, South West England next year, with the caption: ‘2022.
On Monday, Glastonbury organizers Emily and Michael Eavis have officially confirmed the Grammy-winner will take to the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 24, 2022
A statement on the official Glastonbury Twitter page read: “We are very excited to confirm that @billieeilish will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night at Glastonbury 2022, to become the Festival’s youngest ever solo headliner. This will be her first UK festival headline performance.”