I first saw the headline two weeks ago and quickly threw it into the pile of articles to get back to— it fit perfectly into what we do here. I figured though, that between then and the time that I got it posted up on this site that others would quickly pick up the story and run with it.
I haven't seen a single other outlet address what 19-year-old Billie Eilish told British Vogue when she sat down with them for an interview, in part for publicity of her upcoming album release.
Before I get too far into her statements on abuse she experienced, I want to address something else that she told Vogue. In speaking to clothing choices she said something that I think will raise a few very clear red flags for anyone that has been following either Real Dark News or Through the Black for any amount of time.
"My thing is I can do whatever I want. It's all about what makes you feel good," Eilish told the interviewer leading Vogue writer Laura Snapes to summarize her statements saying, "confidence is her only gospel."
Add to that a statement saying, "I really think the bottom line is, men are very weak," and you have an idea where she's coming from.
So consider that these statements are not made by someone looking at the world through the lens of Scripture with Jesus being held up as the standard of Truth.
Of interest to Snapes was Eilish's new song "Your Power" which is written as an address to someone that abused an underage girl and feigned ignorance of her age. Not all surprisingly the music video features a large, dark snake.
"She said you were her hero/ You played the part/ But you ruined her in a year/ Don't act like it was hard."
Eilish described the song as "An open letter to people who take advantage— mostly men." She went on to say, "I would like people to listen to me. And not just try to figure out who I'm talking about, because it's not about that. It's really not at all about one person. You might think, 'It's because she's in the music industry'- no, dude. It's everywhere."
"I don't know one girl or woman who hasn't had a weird experience, or a really bad experience. And men, too— young boys are taken advantage of constantly."
She's aware that many may look at her interview and the accompanying photoshoot with an eye of skepticism considering that while discussing the abuse of underage children, she is appearing clad in lingerie which harkens back to early Hollywood pin-ups.
She simply explains that, "there's no excuse" for excusing actions solely based on how someone dresses. "Seriously, you're that weak? Come on!"
The chorus of her song is simply, "Try not to abuse your power/ I know we didn't choose to change/ You might not wanna lose your power."
She addresses specifically young teen girl that, as teens question why age even matters. "You're the oldest you've ever been. You feel like you're so mature and you know everything. People forget that you can grow up and realize s**t was f****d up when you were younger." But at the same time, "Young women, we're expected to know and do everything, and be everyone's mom when we're like, 15."
The juxtaposition creates an environment in which exploitation is a strong threat. Especially when paired with power.
"There's all these people who are incredibly vulnerable and would honestly do anything for you. That's a crazy feeling. Nobody should be given the power that we're given" she says candidly of herself and other celebrities.
But the abuse is not limited to the entertainment industry, and Eilish is only the latest survivor to speak out, even in a limited way, about what she went through.