On Sunday, a photo of Billie Eilish began to circulate Twitter.
Billie, who was taking a picture with a fan, was outside of her normal baggy attire and was instead sporting a white tank top and a zip-up hoodie. It didn’t take long for someone to sexualize Billie.
Twitter user @PogbaEscobar retweeted the photo with the caption, “Billie Eilish is THICK”.
Fans quickly came to her defense, reminding Pogba that Billie was only 17, which means legally, she is still a child.
But do you think he cared? Of course not. Instead of realizing how gross he was, he tried to “clap back” at his naysayers.
“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.”
He then added,
“Apparently, I’m not allowed to think she’s attractive until a few months from now lol…”
Hm, sounds like something a pervert would say.
Does he think that what he said was a compliment? Saying Billie is pretty is one thing. But there’s a difference between saying someone is pretty and posting multiple pictures of an underage girl’s cleavage and sexualizing her for no reason.
Of course, he didn’t stop there. He continued adding more fuel to the fire by blaming Billie and referencing her lyrics to use against her.
“This girl literally said, ‘bruises on both my knees for you, might seduce your dad’. BUT I’M ONE WHO’S SEXUALIZING HER???”
He added that if she doesn’t want the attention, she should “just wear an Abaya and Hijab from now on.”
This guy probably thinks that a woman walking down the street in a short skirt is asking for it. He even had the audacity to call Billie’s baggy clothes a “gimmick”.
Actually, they’re not. Billie said publicly that she wears baggy clothes to prevent people from commenting or looking at her body.
In May, the “Bad Guy” singer released a campaign ad with Calvin Klein where she explained her style choices.
“I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? Nobody can be like, ‘Oh, 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.”
Billie has been dressing this way since 2015 when her song “Ocean Eyes” debuted. She was only 13 years old at the time.
For a teenage girl to be hyper-aware that her body will eventually be objectified is so disheartening. There is not a single thing on a woman’s body that is not sexualized and it’s annoying that we have to beg society to stop sexualizing us. The fact that so many women go out of their way to dress in baggy or “unappealing” clothes so they won’t get unwanted and uncomfortable attention is a problem. We should wear what we want when we want without worrying if someone is going to catcall, taunt or follow us.
Hopefully, Billie is unaware of what’s going on. I’d hate for her to see that someone gave her the attention she specifically said she didn’t want. But, it’s nice to know that Billie’s fans defended her and didn’t back down from a Twitter troll.
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Alysia Stevenson is a twenty-seven New York City transplant currently living in Florida with her boyfriend and three furbabies. When she’s not writing, you can find her watching beauty tutorials on Youtube or Parks and Rec for the millionth time.