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Olivia Rodrigo made a statement at her first Glastonbury Festival on Saturday by bringing in surprise guest Lily Allen to sing her 2009 hit song ‘F— You’, and dedicated the anthem to the judges of the Supreme Court who voted to overturn Roe v Wade just the day before.
Rodrigo, 19, introduced ‘incredible songwriter and artist’ Allen on stage and said: ‘Today is a very, very special day. It’s actually my first Glastonbury, and I’m sharing the stage with Lily that’s the biggest dream come true ever. But I’m just as heartbroken about what happened in America yesterday.”
The decision made by SCOTUS on Friday has effectively come to an end recognition of a constitutional right to abortion which has been in place since 1973 and gives each state the power to authorise, limit or completely prohibit the practice of health care.
“The Supreme Court has decided to strike down Roe v Wade, a law that guarantees a woman’s right to a safe abortion, another basic human right,” Rodrigo told the thousands of fans who attended his first performance at the huge outdoor spectacle.
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“I’m devastated and terrified and so many women and so many girls are going to die because of this and I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court who showed us that ultimately they don’t care. really crazy about freedom.”
Thunderous applause rang out from the audience as Rodrigo addressed the crowd at Worthy Farm in Somerset, south-west England, just before sunset.
“This song is for judges Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh,” the Sour singer said. “We hate you!”
Lily Allen added enthusiastically before raising her middle finger, “We hate you!”
Allen jumped into a version of her popular anthem as she marched on stage with a microphone in hand to sing the dance-pop hit she wrote in 2009 about former President George W. Bush.
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Lyrics included: “Do you, do you have a little fun being small-minded? You wanna be like your father, that’s the approval you seek / Well, it’s not how you find it.”
“Do you, do you really like to live such an odious life? ‘Cause there’s a hole where your soul should be / You kinda lose control, and it’s really nasty.”
“F— you (F— you), f— you really, very much / ‘Cause we hate what you do / And we hate your whole team / So please don’t stay in touch.”
She then reflected on the show the next day with an Instagram post of footage from the performance.
“So overwhelmed watching this stuff in the car at home,” she wrote in a story shared with her millions of followers. “So many emotions. My babies got to watch their mum slay Glastonbury with their favorite pop star today.”
Allen shares daughters Marnie Rose and Ethel Mary with ex Sam Cooper. She married “Stranger Things” star David Harbor in September 2020.
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“I actually made them proud! And with almost 3 years sober under my belt. So happy,” she added.
The award-winning musician has been nominated for dozens of accolades and has four albums to her credit, plus a career in acting, books, a sex toy line and mental health advocacy work and the empowerment of women.
She will soon celebrate three years of sobriety due to drugs and alcohol in July, and has remained open and honest about her journey with sobriety after years of addiction issues.
Rodrigo, who was named Billboard’s 2022 Woman of the Year, first rose to prominence with Paige Olvera on the Disney Channel series “Bizaardvark” and Nini Salazar-Roberts on the Disney+ show “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”.
She topped Spotify’s year-end charts with her song “driver’s license” from her debut studio album, Sour, winning the most-streamed chart with more than 1.1 billion streams in 12 months.
Rodrigo’s breakup anthem became a cult classic last summer and even inspired a sketch on Saturday Night Live where Pete Davidson and Bowen Yang sang the hit while playing pool.
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Billie Eilish, who became the festival’s youngest solo headliner during her Friday night performance at Glastonbury, never directly referenced the historic SCOTUS decision by name, but dedicated her anthem “Your Power” to those concerned. The song details abusive relationships through older men using their positions of power.
“Today is a really, really dark day for women in the United States,” Eilish, 20, told the crowd. “I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer.”
Another American actor, Phoebe Bridgers, expressed her anger at the decision: “In all honesty, [the festival is] like super surreal and fun, but I’m having a shitty day.”
Bridgers then began a chant during his show: “Who’s to say ‘f—the Supreme Court’ at three?”
The longtime health care advocate continued, “F— that shit. “F— America. Like, fuck you. All those irrelevant old mothers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies.”