PILTON, Somerset, England — Billie Eilish has a few words for the Supreme Court justices.
The “Happier Than Ever” singer, 20, made clear multiple times during her historic set at Glastonbury Festival Friday — she’s the event’s youngest-ever headliner — how devastated that abortion is no longer a constitutional right in America.
“The song we’re about to do is I think one of our favorites that we’ve written and it’s about the concept of power and how we need to always remember not to abuse it and today is a really, really dark day for women in the U.S. and I’m just gonna say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer than this moment. And this song is, yeah, dedicated, I guess,” Eilish said to cheers from the crowd, before launching into a rendition of “Your Power.”
The first line of the chorus is: “Try not to abuse your power.”
The Oscar winner’s more than hour-long set at the Somerset, England festival’s famed Pyramid Stage came just hours after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, in turn winding the clock back decades for reproductive rights.
Eilish had one more nod to current events before performing “everything i wanted.”
”So I think we all know that we really need to do a better job of protecting the planet that we all live on. And we always need to do a better job of protecting our people and our friends and family and strangers, and standing up for each other and standing with each other,” she said. “And I love you all and I stand with you and I support you in everything that makes you who you are and I hope you feel comfortable right now. I hope you feel safe and free to be yourself.”
Many fear that the rolling back of abortion rights is just the start of civil rights being limited across the U.S., not least because trans rights have been taking hits in multiple states of late.
Eilish wasn’t the only American performer Friday at the festival — which last took place in 2019 before COVID postponed it in 2020, its would-be 50th anniversary, and last year — who made her feelings known about the current climate.
During her inaugural set, fellow American Phoebe Bridgers asked the audience to join in on chanting: “F–k the Supreme Court.”
“F–k America. … Motherf–kers,” Bridgers went on. “Trying to tell us what to do with our f–king bodies.”