- Photos of 17-year-old singer Billie Eilish wearing a white tank top began circulating on Twitter, with the user who posted the images calling the teen “thick.”
- Fans immediately fired back at the user and pointed out that the singer is underage and has openly admitted to wearing baggy clothes to avoid being objectified.
- The Twitter user tried to argue that the singer is not a minor in most countries and used her song lyrics to suggest that she sexualizes herself.
Fans are defending Billie Eilish against people on social media that they argue are sexualizing the underage singer.
Billie Eilish is typically known for her unique style, which includes oversized t-shirts, baggy pants, long shorts, and sometimes even ski masks. But on Saturday, one Twitter user tweeted out photos of Eilish wearing a white tank top.
The user included a caption in one tweet that says, “Billie Eilish is THICK.” That tweet has since gathered around 55,000 likes as on Tuesday morning.
The post outraged many fans who soon came to Eilish’s defense. Along with pointing out that the singer is still just 17-years-old, fans reminded users that Eilish has publically spoken out about her efforts to avoid being objectified.
“I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big baggy clothes,” she said in an ad for Calvin Klien. “Nobody can have an opinion … because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”
hope billie never sees this. i don’t know what’s worse. you sexualizing a minor or you sexualizing someone who has gone out of their way to cover themselves.— SJ (@getvindictive) June 23, 2019
This poor girl gets hot and unzips her sweatshirt for a— Elephants but (@Sureasyoureborn) June 24, 2019
beat and is immediately swarmed with the attention she’s been trying to hide from. Get it together.
Twitter User Doubles Town
Fans became even more enraged when the original poster began to defend his post. The user argued that Billie is not a minor, writing, “She’s legal now in almost half of the country, and all countries outside of the US.”
🗣🗣🗣 Billie Eilish is not a minor. Stop it. She’s legal now in almost half of the country, and all countries outside of the US.— k (@PogbaEscobar) June 23, 2019
The user also included lyrics from some of the singer’s popular songs to say that she is the one who sexualized herself.
This girl literally said “bruises on both my knees for you” , “might seduce your dad”— k (@PogbaEscobar) June 23, 2019
BUT I’M ONE WHO’S SEXUALIZING HER???
Fans quickly rejected that argument and said she has the right to sing whatever she wants and still not get objectified. Others argued that the user was victim blaming.
teens are allowed to talk about sexual shit without having adults be attracted to them!!!— sa ||-// (@fvgreys) June 24, 2019
ah yes, i too find that victim blaming always helps people understand your point of view. please post more tweets in which you imply that she’s asking for it based off of a few song lyrics…— Lottie (@lottsxcrawley) June 25, 2019
she also said ‘my friends aren’t far in the back of my car lay their bodies’— saurus (@piratebairdo) June 24, 2019
iS biLLiE EiLisH kiLLiNg hEr FrIEnDs????
Fans Share Their Personal Experiences
The situation eventually inspired other women to come forward with their own experiences of unwanted attention.
This billie eilish thing reminds me of how i would always wear baggy stuff to school because i would get sexually harassed for my boobs and the one day i wore a tight shirt i ended up crying in the bathroom because of all the comments about my tits. I was 14— ethically-sourced meme deposit (@deposit_meme) June 25, 2019
Just last month the singer had to address a groping incident she experienced during a meet and greet with fans. In now deleted Instagram stories, she wrote: “pls dont grab my boobs in the meet & greet.”
The singer said she thought the incident might have been an accident. Still, she said experiences like that make it difficult for her to feel comfortable at meet and greets.
“Dahmer” Series Breaks Netflix Records Amid Backlash For Exploiting Victims’ Stories
Family members of some of the murderer’s victims say the program is “retraumatizing.”
“Dahmer” Lands Successful Week on Netflix
While criticisms mount against “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the true crime series broke Netflix’s record as the most-watched first week for a series debut.
According to data provided by the streaming giant, the Evan Peters-led show was watched for over 196 million hours between its release on Sept. 21 and Sept. 25.
“Dahmer” is the newest of several pieces of fiction and media based on the famous serial killer. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series quickly generated a lot of attention online, primarily from those concerned the show is exploiting a gruesome true story.
Critics have echoed those fears, giving the show a mixed 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The “Critic’s Consensus” blurb on the site states that while the show is “seemingly self-aware of the peril in glorifying Jeffrey Dahmer” the story still “tilts this horror story into the realm of queasy exploitation.”
Victims’ Families Speak Out
The family of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, has also spoken out against the series. In a viral tweet, Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry said his family is “pissed about the show.”
“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” he wrote. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”
In much of the promotion for the series, Netflix claimed it would be told from the perspective of the victims. Perry slammed that narrative, noting that his family was never even contacted by the streamer about the project.
“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them,” he wrote. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”
Lindsey’s sister, Rita Isbell, echoed that claim in an essay she wrote for Insider, noting that Netflix did not notify her of the show, or ask her any questions about her brother.
She said that watching the show “felt like reliving it all over again.”
“It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” she wrote.
“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she continued.
Obsession With Dahmer
Controversy has also grown from some of the responses to the series, as many viewers have posted fan edits of the show that romanticize Dahmer. Some pair clips of Peters’ Dahmer with his victims to love songs or pop ballads, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who do not understand why someone would make content glorifying the killer.
Others have responded to the show by calling Dahmer “hot” or posting thirst tweets about his mug shot. This has resulted in a backlash of its own.
“Jeffrey Dahmer molested and murdered people, mostly black men and boys,” one person wrote. “So to see people making edits and thirst traps of him is a little off putting.”
“if I see anyone tweeting thirst tweets about Jeffrey Dahmer I’m immediately unfollowing,” another person said. “That’s so fuckin nasty.”
Concerns that this kind of media results in more people admiring Dahmer are also mounting in Milwaukee, where many of his crimes took place. According to TMZ, the city is considering creating something to honor the victims, but officials fear a physical memorial would turn into a “mecca” for Dahmer’s fans.
YouTube Removes Age Restriction From Nicki Minaj Video After Singer Calls Company a “Bogus Platform”
Even though her video can now be viewed by all YouTuber users, Minaj made it clear she was upset that the age-gate tanked its view count in the first 24 hours.
Nicki Minaj Vs. YouTube
Nicki Minaj called out YouTube on Monday after the platform age-restricted her new music video for “Likkle Miss Remix” featuring Skeng.
By age-restricting a video, YouTube blocks users who are under 18 or not logged into a Google account from viewing the content.
Minaj’s video features close-up shots of people in skimpy outfits twerking, but several videos on YouTube with similar imagery have not been gated. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video is available for everyone, as is Minaj’s own “Anaconda” video.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Minaj accused YouTube of being inconsistent and playing favorites.
“They restricted my fucking video but have things a million fucking times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM,” she wrote in a post that included a screenshot of YouTube’s age-restriction notice. “This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for another ppl and posting fake fkng stats. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company.”
Minaj further alleged that YouTube’s actions were done to prevent her from getting a significant number of views in the video’s first 24 hours, which is often the most crucial timeframe for a video’s success. She continued to assert that the Google-owned company has a bias toward certain music labels.
YouTube Walks Back Restriction
“How long have yall been playing the numbers game to lie & pretend ppl r doing ‘good’ when they r not?!?!!” Minaj continued in another post. “How much ad space did these duds purchase to be promoted on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”
Later on Monday, YouTube removed the restriction from Minaj’s video, per Variety. The company said the content in it did not violate its rules and guidelines.
While Minaj ended up deleting her Instagram posts calling YouTube out, she made it clear she was still frustrated by the debacle.
“FUCK THEM DUDS,” she tweeted. “THEY CANT GIVE US BACK OUR FIRST 24 HOURS CAN THEY?!?!!!”
As of Monday afternoon, her video had been viewed over one million times.
See what others are saying: (Variety) (The Independent) (Billboard)
“Don’t Worry Darling” Tops the Box Office Amid Bad Press
Audiences are already giving the film higher praise than critics did.
Young Women Flock to “Don’t Worry Darling”
Weeks of controversies and rumors did not prevent “Don’t Worry Darling” from finding victory at the box office, with the Olivia Wilde-directed thriller debuting at number one over the weekend and raking in $19.2 million.
Wilde also acted in the mid-century mystery, which starrs Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan.
Women led ticket sales for the picture, comprising 66% of the audience, according to several reports. At least partially due to the appeal of Styles, crowds also skewed young, with over half under the age of 25.
Overseas, the film made over $10 million, bringing its total for the weekend to $30 million. That number is especially impressive since the R-rated drama had a budget of $35 million.
“Don’t Worry Darling” had been plagued with weeks of rumors about behind-the-scenes drama leading up to its release. Among other bouts of gossip, many online speculated that Pugh and Wilde had riffs on set, leading to Pugh’s refusal to promote the project. One report alleged the two got into a screaming match, but sources on set denied it.
Wilde and Shia LeBeouf, who was originally cast in the picture, also got into a public he-said-she-said about whether he quit the film or was fired.
The drama hit a boiling point during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival when Twitter users circulated a video they claimed showed Styles spiting on Pine, though both parties have denied that allegation.
A Film Riddled With Rumors
Furthering the bad press were the bad reviews. Critics largely panned the film, sticking it with a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. After this first weekend, moviegoers seem to have a more favorable outlook, as it has a 79% audience score as of Monday.
Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief for Warner Bros., told the Associated Press that “the background noise” caused by these controversies “had a neutral impact” on its box office haul. The studio released a statement saying it was pleased with the movie’s earnings.
Some analysts believe that, if anything, the online gossip and fodder may have aided the film’s box office performance.
In a tweet recapping the weekend’s box office, Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, said the “drama sparked a huge wave of interest.”