Billie Eilish led a chorus of artist condemnations at the Glastonbury Festival after the US Supreme Court struck down a constitutional right to abortion in the states.
The 20-year-old singer was performing on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage when she spoke out against the controversial decision.
Introducing her hit song Your Power, she told festival-goers, “Today is a really dark day for women in the United States and I’m just going to say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer in this moment. This song is dedicated to that I guess…”
News of the US Supreme Court’s decision emerged shortly after 6pm UK time and almost immediately sparked a reaction of anger and emotion from artists playing at the biggest greenfield festival. of the world.
Phoebe Bridgers, the American singer-songwriter, led the vocals on “Fuck the Supreme Court” after saying she had “the shittest time”.
She asked if there were any Americans in the audience, which drew boos from the crowd, then added, “Who’s saying ‘Fuck the Supreme Court’? One two three…”
“Fuck that shit. Fuck America and all those uninspiring old motherfuckers trying to tell us what to do with our fucking bodies. Fuck.
At least 26 US states are expected to ban abortion immediately or as soon as possible after the ruling, which will affect tens of millions of women.
US President Joe Biden called the decision a “tragic mistake” and said it had led America down an “extreme and dangerous path”.
Joe Talbot, frontman of British rock band Idles, said the court’s ruling had taken the United States “back to the Middle Ages”.
Addressing huge crowds from the other stage at Glastonbury, less than an hour after the decision was made public, Talbot said: “They have just reversed the laws to the Middle Ages in America, where they just decide whether it should be illegal to have an abortion or not.”
He made the remarks while introducing the song Mother, and added, “Long live open-mindedness. Long live my mother and long live all of you.”
The decision is likely to spark protests and rallies, and intensify the debate within and between states on abortion, and even between cities.