Billie Eilish slammed the concept of “white privilege” in a scathing Instagram post on Saturday.
In a profanity-laced message, the “Bad Guy” singer sounded off on “white privilege” and the phrase “All Lives Matter” which many feel is an affront to the Black Lives Matter movement and people who face racial injustice. “I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately,” wrote Eilish, 18. “...If I hear one more white person say ‘All lives matter’ one more f***ing time, I’m going to lose my f***ing mind...no one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything at all about you. All you MFS do is find a way to make everything about yourself.
She added, “This is not about you...you are not in need. You are not in danger.” Then, breaking it down “as if you were a child,” the singer wrote, “If your friend gets a cut on their arm, are you going to wait to give all your friends a bandaid first because all arms matter? NO. You’re gonna help your friend because THEY are in pain, because THEY are in need, because THEY ARE BLEEDING!”
“You are privileged whether you like it or not,” she wrote. “Society gives you privilege just for being white. You can be poor, you can be struggling, and still your skin color is giving you more privilege than you even realize.
Explaining that white privilege doesn’t make one “better” than others, she wrote, “It just lets you live your life without having to worry about surviving simply because of your skin color!”
“If all lives matter why are black people killed for just being black?” she continued. “Why are immigrants persecuted? Why are white people given opportunities that people of other races aren’t? Why is it okay for white people to protest literally being asked to stay at home while carrying semi-automatic weapons? Why is it okay for black people to be called thugs for protesting the murder of innocent people? Do you know why? White. F***ing. Privilege.”
Eilish ended her post with the hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, a black man who was killed Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he lost consciousness. Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with his murder.
This is not the first time that Eilish has harnessed her platform for topics other than promoting her music. The teen partnered with the voter registration organization HeadCount to encourage people to vote.
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