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Billie Eilish Slams Misogynistic Body Criticism at Miami Show

The "bad guy" singer made a powerful statement in an artsy video.

Since first emerging with her single "Ocean Eyes" at a mere 14 years old, Billie Eilish's aesthetic has become almost inextricable from her music.

The anti-pop star's clothing choices are discussed almost as often as her songs, but there's a powerful motive behind her baggy look. In a 2019 Calvin Klein ad, Eilish illustrated why she chooses to dress the way she does: "Nobody can have an opinion [on my body] because they haven't seen what's underneath. Nobody can be like, 'she's slim-thick,' 'she's not slim-thick,' 'she's got a flat ass,' 'she's got a fat ass.' No one can say any of that because they don't know." She's mentioned that she uses fashion as a "defense mechanism" and "security blanket," using it to convey a message about her personality while maintaining a sense of mystery.

But Eilish, who turned 18 a few months ago, made a surprisingly revealing statement at the first show of her Where Do We Go? World Tour in Miami. During an interlude, a video was displayed of Eilish removing her hoodie as she made a powerful statement on sexism she experiences as a public figure.

"You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body," Eilish says in a recording played throughout the arena. "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."

Removing her tank top in the video, Eilish's voice continued: "Would you like 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? The body I was born with—is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a sl-t. Though you've never seen my body, you strill judge it and judge me for it. Why?"

As the video ends, Eilish—who's then seen from the waist up in only a bra—slips into a pool of black liquid. Especially considering her fanbase is predominantly young women and girls, it's an important message to get across; women can exist separately from their bodies. The choice to hide it (or not) is entirely up to them, and it shouldn't affect how they're perceived.

Watch the clip below.

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Raymond's popularity sheds light on a bizarre underside of the Animal Crossing fandom.

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Raymond is a smug cat who highlights his heterochromatic eyes with hipster glasses.

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Is Andy Samberg Trolling Sundance with His $0.69 Record?

Samberg and his Lonely Island collaborators negotiated for a deal that was $0.69 over the previous Sundance Film Festival record.

Palm Springs is the new time loop movie from Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island crew, and it has officially broken the record for sales at The Sundance Film Festival.

Meanwhile, the Lonely Island crew, along with Andy Samberg, have a new time loop movie called Palm Springs, which is at the Sundance Film Festival and has officially broken the record for sales. Additionally, the official Sundance Film Festival sales record has been broken by Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island crew, who have teamed up for their new time loop movie, Palm Springs.

Get it? In the spirit of 1993's Groundhog Day, Edge of Tomorrow, and Happy Death Day, Palm Springs tells the story of Nyles and Sarah, guests at a wedding in Palm Springs, California who become trapped together in an endless recurrence of one day and have to figure out how to escape—or at least how to live with each other through a repetitive eternity (hmm…almost sounds like a metaphor for something…something wedding related…hmm…) The movie premiered on Sunday at the Park City's Library Theater, and despite its familiar premise, the charm and humor that Andy Samberg and his longtime Lonely Island collaborators bring to their projects was enough to win over audiences. It was also apparently enough to excite Hulu and independent movie distributor Neon to purchase the global distribution rights for just over the previous record of $17.5 million. How much over? Exactly $0.69…

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It's hard to imagine that figure being anything other than a deliberate and childish choice by Samberg and his fellow producers Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, and Becky Sloviter. Previous rumors that the movie had sold for around $15 million had been disputed, but the exact figure was a good way to get some extra buzz for the movie and land some adolescent humor in the headlines. It's very on-brand for the creators of "Dick in a Box", and "J*zz in My Pants," but it might be in poor taste considering the previous record holder—the movie whose $17.5 million price tag Palm Springs barely overtook—was 2016's gut-wrenching slave revolt narrative The Birth of a Nation. Oh well…

Look for Palm Springs, starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Miloti, and J.K. Simmons in theaters later this year.